Heintzelman family donates $30,000 to Post Prom
David and Robert Heintzelman, and Robert’s children Matt and Erin, all four Parkland High School alumni, recently offered a pledge of $30,000 in support of Parkland High School’s Post Prom Party for the next three years, through a generous grant to the Parkland Education Foundation.
The Post Prom Party, celebrating its 17th year, takes place at Parkland High School after the Senior Prom.
Post Prom runs from 11:30 p.m. May 12 until 5 a.m. May 13 with the mission of keeping teens safe and drug-free on Prom Night.
The Post Prom Party is open to all seniors. They do not have to attend the prom to attend the event.
Tickets are $10 and include entertainment, games, food and prizes in an alcohol and drug-free environment.
At the event, a hypnotist performs, and students get to play arcade games and karaoke, chase their friends through a room dedicated to laser tag, bounce around on inflatables, dance, eat free food and more.
Prizes are raffled off throughout the evening with a $2,500 grand prize given out just before 5 a.m.
Robert Heintzelman, supervisor of the Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Schnecksville, and Jim Moniz, principal of Parkland High School, offered their comments.
“On a night that is statistically one of the worst nights for teenage drinking fatalities, I emphatically support this event because we never want that kind of business,” Heintzelman stated. “It is our sincere pleasure to support the wonderful parents and staff who spend countless hours preparing a fun-filled, memory-making night for our community’s seniors.
“I want to give back to the school district who has given me and my children our start in life which has helped to shape who we are today.
“It is our hope that others will follow our example and give generously to support this important event.”
“Public support, volunteer participation, and overall donations have been waning for this event, which is why this gift is so fantastic,” Moniz stated. “Last year, we had approximately 860 participants, a great turnout, so we know that this event is relevant and important! Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc.’s generosity in preserving this event for the next three years is imperative in keeping this program alive.
“Their action embodies our No. 1 priority: Keeping our teens safe.”
Parkland Post Prom Committee Chair and Parkland parent Toni Kinsley also commented.
“This support means so much to us,” Kinsley stated. “It takes the stress and burden off our incredible volunteers to ask for financial contributions while they are planning the event and its decorations, hiring the entertainment and organizing the event volunteers, all of which takes a lot of time and talent.”