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Greater LI helps raise $10K for Pat-Med’s senior prom on Main Street

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Ward Melville Senior Prom

The goal has been reached.

Residents from across Long Island opened their hearts — and their wallets — this spring to help throw the seniors of Patchogue-Medford High School a prom like no other.

$10,000 was raised for an outdoor prom on Main Street in Patchogue through Greater LI’s efforts with gofundme.com. That goal was reached earlier this week.

The money goes to the Greater Patchogue Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce (no relation to Greater Long Island Media Group, publishers of greaterpatchogue.com).

From there, it will be dispersed to help fund a professional security detail, as well as exterior lighting along East Main Street, where the outdoor prom will be held on Monday, July 21.

Money will also go to families in need for assistance for tickets, attire, hair and nails.

Ticket sales weren’t enough to cover the extra cost of holding such an event for teenagers in a public space.

Planning for the Main Street prom started in the winter, during which time it was very unclear if the students would have a prom at all due to the pandemic. At the time, there were mask mandates, COVID testing protocols, and indoor and outdoor capacity limitations to consider.

So the idea was hatched to hold the prom, in one form or another, along Main Street.

The district, village and chamber leaders have all been participating in the planning of the event.

The plans even caught the attention of Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York:

File Photo: Andrew Theodorakis