A tour of local homes, a showroom and a former sanitarium this Saturday will help organizers of Crescenta Valley High School’s annual after-prom party reach their goal of raising $25,000 to host the event.
Aside from the Taste of Montrose in May, the Holiday Tour of Homes stands up as one of the biggest fundraisers to support Prom Plus, which is available to Crescenta Valley High students as a safe haven where they can spend the late hours after prom.
From midnight to 5 a.m., they can play casino, climb a rock wall, dance and enjoy sandwiches, pizza and sweets.
Now in its 20th year, local residents established Prom Plus after the fatal shooting of Crescenta Valley High student Berlyn Cosman in 1991. After attending the school’s prom in Universal City, the senior was sleeping in a hotel in Anaheim when she was shot by Paul Crowder, a 19-year old who had attended Crescenta Valley High, but did not attend the prom.
This year, the tour will feature three residences and a boutique at St. Luke’s of the Mountains Church.
Guests can also tour a showroom for high-end design firm J.P. Weaver on Air Way in Glendale and the Rockhaven Sanitarium that opened for women with “mild mental disorders” in Montrose in 1923 and was once home to Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys Pearl Baker.
Tours of the sanitarium will last 30 minutes. The first tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the last one will depart at 3 p.m.
Lisa Yeghiayan, an organizer of the home tour and Prom Plus, said the event established itself as a nonprofit organization two years ago in order to be a model for other schools in Glendale and elsewhere.
“In doing that, we’re hoping that other schools will contact us and say, ‘How did you do it? How can we do it?’,” Yeghiayan said. “Imagine if we didn’t have another tragedy anywhere like we did with Berlyn in 1991. That would be ideal.”
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