NEWBURGH - Newburgh Free Academy seniors decided to do more with less this year and give back to those in need. According to NFA senior class advisors Gina Scaduto and Melissa McKinstrie, students discussed the idea of having a beach themed prom and quickly realized that they had the potential to make the event extra special this year. After some consideration, NFA students decided to celebrate with a more minimal prom and instead donate a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Sandy relief. The prom was held at Anthony’s Pier 9 on Saturday, June 8, 2013. In total, $1,500 was raised for relief efforts.
"The fact that the students are the ones who initiated this effort to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief makes everyone at NFA very proud of our seniors. The students were onboard even when suggestions were made to spend less on favors and have centerpieces donated. We are very proud of their efforts and kindness to others in need," explained Scaduto.
The funds raised came from having less expensive favors, donations from vendors, and using creative décor made from items already at the school. In addition, donations from Home Depot of Newburgh, Hudson Valley Photo Booth and Anthony’s Pier 9 helped the students achieve their goal.
Senior Cassidy Mennerich explained that she has friends and family that were personally touched by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. "It really struck a chord with me and I wanted to continue to give back in any way possible," she explained.
Fellow classmate Tiffany Lok echoed Mennerich’s sentiments on giving back to others, "I think you want to be a part of something bigger for change," she said.