Broadneck Parents Host Glowing Prom Breakfast


As children grow, so too do their clothing, shoes, appetites and a myriad of other items.

At the Broadneck High School prom breakfast, students were treated to a childhood game blown up to meet their big kid entertainment needs – an inflatable “Hungry Hungry Hippos.”

“I think they weren’t sure what it was at first, and then once they figured it out, it was just hilarious,” said Heather Kilpatrick, parent coordinator of the event.

This was Kilpatrick’s second prom breakfast to lead; her first was in 2018 when her son was a senior, and she led the charge again this year as her daughter is a senior.

“It’s such a big night for them and they don’t want it to end,” Kilpatrick said.

It was a household effort for the Kilpatricks. Along with Heather’s organizing, her husband, Scott, made the cornhole boards and “KerPlunk” game for the event, and their home served as a drop-off location and makeshift art studio – other parent volunteers gathered there to decorate sheets with glow-in-the-dark splatter paint to hang at the event.

“Being a mom has always been my most important job and my priority, so for me that means volunteering at their schools,” Kilpatrick said. “I’ve tried to make myself available to help out when I can and to do what I can. And I’m pretty good at planning things, so this kind of falls under my skill set.”

This particular event took months of planning and is designed to give students a safe place to continue celebrating after senior prom. Kilpatrick, her co-chair Lorrie Dameron, and several more parents began their work January 2. The to-do list involved coordinating food, renting entertainment items, collecting door prizes and finding sponsors to supplement the parent donations.

The theme of this year’s prom breakfast was “glow,” and aptly featured glow-in-the-dark decor and games. The students entered a mostly dark atrium lit only by a black-light disco ball with neon light fixtures guiding them down a black walkway to the main event.

Kilpatrick was pleased with the students’ reaction.

“I think they loved the glow theme,” Kilpatrick said. “I think when they walked in, they were surprised at the entry — that it was new and fun and exciting. My daughter said when she pulled up, she couldn’t believe that there was a line out the door of people to get in.”

More than 25 local businesses donated funds or gift cards to the effort, totaling more than $5,000.

Some of this year’s hottest giveaways were Beats headphones, Apple AirPods, an iPad and a $250 Visa gift card.

As for Kilpatrick, she’s offering her time to the school right up until her daughter crosses the stage in June.

“I’m glad that is over, and it was successful, and now I can focus on graduation,” she said.

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