A California History:
The Grad Night Tradition began as the Grad Night Foundation in Orange County in September, 1986 with two enthusiastic moms, under the leadership of Lori Warmington. They decided that their community could share the graduation celebration with other schools in Orange County, California, and beyond. As this phenomenon grew, so did the demand for the fun activities and thematic ideas. Typically in the past, the matter-of-course thing to do was a party at Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm.
But as graduates struggled to find more adult activities, they realized the entertainment potential of an "all- nighter" at some swanky hotel. The activities tended towards spectator sports, wherein graduating seniors would sit passively and marvel at some Houdinian magic show, watch a friend get embarrassed, and then move on to the dance thing. Traditionally, celebration activities did not involve much participation. The current trend is Interactive Entertainment. Gradually, planning committees actively sought out ideas and events that would involve the graduating seniors and leave them with something truly memorable. With many years in the Grad Night industry, Live-Performance specializes in designing these Interactive Entertainment Specialties that are just right for your Grad Night party. The objective is to make your party a successful, fun and safe event. Part of the Live Performance arsenal includes a mobile location production studio in which all manner of Music Videos can be produced.
"The Surgeon General has reported that life expectancy has improved over the last 75 years for every age group, except for the one that includes high school seniors. Their death rate is higher than it was 20 years ago due to alcohol-induced crashes."
Over thirty years ago, a graduating senior from Valencia High School died in a drinking and driving related accident. Unfortunately, it's not a unique story. Drinking and driving related traffic deaths are the number one cause of death amongst teenagers. As a result of this tragedy, Valencia adopted stricter drinking/drug free codes and began seeking safer ways for seniors to celebrate their high school graduation. The answer, of course, was Sober Grad Night. Currently, in California alone, hundreds of high schools celebrate graduation with this life-saving program.
The Grad Night tradition is one born out of a philosophy based on integrity,
ethics, and healthy values. This philosophy is reflected in every program, project,
and service offered by Live-Performance Production - the Grad Night Interactive
Grad Night has become a way for the entire community to focus on a project
conceived to save the lives of our graduating seniors. The Grads themselves
have expressed how great the experience truly is for them. Even the most taciturn
of graduating seniors have said how much fun they had, and how their last memories
on the campus was the unbelievable party. Waves of positive feedback poured
over the parent committees and the school administrators and the various people
that make Grad Night a success.
For years now, Grad Night has been a means for every teacher and parent to put energy into our student community. Help get the word out early, "You don't have to drink or do drugs to have a great time!"