ROTARY REPRESENTATIVES Barbara Worley, Suzanne Bowering, President Mario Portillo on left. On right Kim Hartman, Kim Smith and Catherine Dhingra from Senior Night committee accepting check.

Published in the April 27, 2018 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial HIgh School (WMHS) Senior Night Committee is excited to announce Wakefield Rotary as the lead sponsor for the inaugural 2018 fundraising campaign. Rotary’s $10,000 donation has helped move WMHS’s Senior Night Committee closer to its fundraising goal.

The purpose of Senior Night is to provide a safe, substance-free celebration directly following Senior Prom. Senior Night is a supervised, all-night event that provides our grads an opportunity to celebrate one final time in a safe and sober environment. Communities such as Acton-Boxborough, Milford, and Natick that provide a safe post-prom event have virtually eliminated alcohol and drug-related injuries following the prom.

The statistics are alarming – more teenagers die of alcohol-related incidents during the three months surrounding graduation than at any other time of year. Unfortunately, Wakefield has experienced post-prom tragedy first hand.

This party will be an evening that they will remember for the rest of their lives. After prom, grads will be bussed to Dave and Busters in Woburn for an exciting all-night celebration. Students will enjoy a party that will include Dave & Buster’s games and activities, as well as entertainment, casino games, music, cash & prizes, and lots of great food. Mario Portillo, Wakefield Rotary Club president stated, “The Rotary Club is very proud to be part of this event. We know it can be difficult to start a new tradition and the town has really pulled together in a big way. I think we’re going to be very successful in making this a great event for all.” For more information about Senior Night, including common Q & A, how to volunteer or donate money or prizes, please visit