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Pre-prom party held on waterfront in East Rockaway

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Rachael Putelo, Meagan Ochtera and Nora Louw captured memories before what promised to be an unforgettable night.
Rachael Putelo, Meagan Ochtera and Nora Louw captured memories before what promised to be an unforgettable night.
Courtney McGee/Herald

High School juniors and seniors had East Rockaway looking more like a Hollywood red carpet as they gathered on June 22 at the waterfront district to strut their stuff and have pre-prom photos taken.

Mayor Bruno Romano and the East Rockaway Board of Trustees hosted the waterfront event as a way to give the graduates, their families and the community a safe and beautiful place to take photographs, and allow residents to be a part of this unforgettable evening. There was a huge turnout on the sunny, humid day as people watched the couples walk down the waterfront to a roar of applause.

Local organizations sponsored the event, which turned it into an opportunity to pay it forward — attendees were encouraged make a donation in exchange for a bracelet for a local teen, Devin Ralph, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. There was also a space designated to sign up to become an organ donor — somethat that saved the life of Taylor Clarke, an East Rockaway High School graduate who underwent heart transplant surgery recently.