A high school tradition for the grown-ups

Most adults have a distinct memory of what is supposed to be the most memorable night of a teenager’s life: the prom. Looking back to prom night, however, it is not always a pleasant memory. It’s often a remembrance of the anxiety about finding a date, having sweaty palms and wearing miles and miles of taffeta while standing amid plastic decorations.

To plant a newer, better memory in adults’ minds, the Five Acre School Parent Service Organization decided to come up with an unusual fundraiser — an adults-only prom called The Glitz.

“It’s the prom for grown-ups,” said Juanita Ramsey-Jevne, co-founder of Five Acre School. “It’s the prom like you thought the prom was going to be, without the insecurities.”

The band The Fabulous S-Curves, which includes Ramsey-Jevne, will provide musical entertainment and play a range of songs, she said.

“We’ll be playing top hits from mainly the 1950s and early 1960s, but there’s quite a bit from the 1940s and even some from the 1920s,” Ramsey-Jevne said of the range of music the band plans to play, from country and western to rock and roll. “You know, this music was so much fun and we didn’t appreciate it back then. It’s all about danceable music.”

The musical group includes Ramsey-Jevne, longtime Five Acre School horse program volunteer Wendy Whittemore and Seattleite Christine

Wright, accompanied by a four-piece band.

According to Five Acre School administrator Victoria Baird, 12 percent of the approximately 100 students who attend the private school receive scholarships, totaling $25,000, and 100 percent of the proceeds from The Glitz will go to the school.

Another touch that Ramsey-Jevne said is sure to top the original prom: raffle packages that include shopping sprees, snowboarding packages and home improvement packages and a silent auction that puts up “meals and trips and various neat stuff” up for bidding.

Ramsey-Jevne said the event, which is in its seventh year, is a chance for people to pull out their dress-up clothes and get their photographs taken by a professional.

“We transform the SunLand ballroom into this sophisticated prom room,” she said of the event, which includes hors d’oeuvres and dessert. “True to the laid-back theme, if you don’t feel like getting dressed up, that’s fine too. The emphasis is really on the dancing and laughing and singing along.”

Ramsey-Jevne paused, and then added with a laugh: “This is like the rehabilitation therapy of the real prom.”

Dancing for a cause

What: The Glitz dance, presented by the Parent Service Organization of Five Acre School

When: Saturday, Feb. 23

Where: SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive

Tickets: $50 per person

Contact: Ambur Taft, 683-8656 or

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