Canyons to host ‘Last Bash’
May 31, 2011
Park City area teens will have a chance to step right up to the time of their lives for the PC Teen Foundation’s "Carnival: The Last Bash" this Saturday at Canyons’ Grand Summit Hotel.
The theme of the event, planned by the PC Teen Party Rangers, was inspired by a friend’s birthday party, said Park City High School senior Ashton Strauss.
"The party was in the spirit of a carnival and we thought it would be fun to have a dance with that same idea," Strauss told The Park Record. "So when we planned the ‘Last Bash,’ we knew what we wanted to do."
PC Teen Foundation, founded by parent Karen Marriott, is a teen-run, adult-supervised non profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for teens to build friendships, use leadership and collaborative life skills, and serve their community through creating, planning, promoting and attending events in and around Park City,
"The Last Bash" will feature two Deejays, dancing, an inflatable boxing bounce house, a Velcro wall, a photo booth, cotton candy, door prizes, cash prizes and an air-brush artist, Strauss said.
"We wanted to do something fun for everyone who would be graduating that was a little different than just a dance," she said. "It was challenging to come up with something that everyone would want to go to. We couldn’t make the theme too specific because it may not appeal to a wide range of people and we want to make sure everyone will find something interesting and fun about it. Our goal was to make sure people would rather be at the event on a Saturday night than doing anything else."
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More than 10 teens planned the event, and were guided by Marriott, Strauss said.
"It’s awesome to see it all come together," said Strauss, who has been involved with PC Teen since it’s inception two years ago. "It takes a lot of work and we’re grateful to Karen for the work she puts it. Karen is my best friend’s mom and basically like my own mom."
One of Strauss’s responsibilities was to make a promotional video for "Carnival: The Last Bash."
"We try to do fun videos that draw attention to our events," she said. "We put it on Facebook and play it during our morning announcements at school. The one I made basically advertises the event. I didn’t have the opportunity to do that before when I was younger, so it’s been fun doing that this year."
Part of the proceeds from the event support the PCHS Memorial Run , which will take place earlier in the day.
The run, which is held in honor of the five Park City High School students Erica Knell, Mike Pennels, Connie Blount, Matt Knoop and Chris Yeates who passed away in separate tragedies within seven months of each other in 2008, is raising funds to build a school in Peru this summer.
"We all know people from the Park City Five, so it means so much to us to sponsor the run," Strauss said.
Strauss said PC Teen has been a great addition to her high school experience.
"It has given me chance to plan events," she said. "I know how to throw a party now and it gives me confidence with other areas in my life.
"It also gave me something fun to do on Saturday nights," she said. "I think this one will be a good one for me. Since it’s my last one, it will be sort of sad, but it’s a good way to go out."
PC Teen’s "Carnival: The Last Bash" will take place at Canyons Grand Summit Hotel on Saturday, June 4, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8. High school seniors, participants of the PCHS Memorial 5K earlier in the day will be admitted for $5. Also, anyone arriving at the Last Bash before 9 p.m. will be admitted for $5. For more information, visit http://www.pcteen.org.