SouthFest 2014 Needs Your Support

SouthFest is Newton South’s after-prom event. Though you might not have a senior this year, you will soon. We need your help to continue this tradition of safety and fun, so please keep reading! If you don’t currently have a senior, you can think of this as ‘paying it forward’ for the year when your son or daughter is a senior. This year, SouthFest will be held Tuesday, June 3 from 12AM-4AM, immediately after the prom. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun post-prom experience for seniors with or without dates. As an alternative to house parties, we provide a senior-parent-free environment with fun, games, music and food. Hopefully, senior parents can sleep better that night! There is a police detail onsite, non-senior parent chaperones and free taxi service to anywhere in Newton. In our sixteen years of running SouthFest, there has never been a serious prom night accident or injury to a Newton South senior or date. 

As part of the Newton South family, it is our job to make SouthFest happen. There are many ways to help, from volunteering to create decorations, setting up at the school the day of the event, chaperoning, cleaning up afterwards, donating food and more. We are especially in need of funding assistance. We are behind in our donations and may have to eliminate parts of the event. Less event excitement means less senior participation. We don’t want that to happen (click here to donate). More importantly, this year SouthFest is launching its Green Initiative! We are investing in hundreds of feet of reusable pipe and drape (commonly used at conventions and trade shows) to replace the acres of plastic sheeting that have been used and thrown away at past SouthFests. Your contribution can go directly to help us drastically reduce waste and save money in the future.

Any financial donation is important, helping us to keep seniors off the road and safe. We have two ways to donate: personal check and directly via PayPal. Even small donations are critical and help enormously. Also, there are volunteer opportunities available right away, if you can help by creating decorations from home, even for just a couple of hours.

For details, donation links, volunteer forms, pictures from previous years and more, please visit the SouthFest website at

Thank you for your support. With your help we can make this another safe and fun after-prom.

SouthFest 2014 Committee