Ladies from the area are getting together and donning their prom, bridesmaid and wedding duds to raise money for a great cause.
The inaugural Mom Prom is from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Brickyard Bar & Grill in Stanton Saturday, April 28. The event benefits juvenile diabetes.
“It is a ‘dress as you please’ event,” co-organizer Jesica Scott said. “A lot of women are pulling old prom gowns, bridesmaid dresses and wedding dresses out of their closets to wear.
“I am mostly looking forward to seeing all of the crazy outfits that I’ve heard a lot of women tell me they’re wearing,” she added.
Type 1 diabetes hits close to home for Scott. Her stepson, Blake, was diagnosed at 18 months old.
“My sister, Milessa, and I are actually the organizers of this Mom Prom,” Scott explained. “I got the idea after reading an article on Yahoo News last spring about the Canton ladies that actually founded Mom Prom. I thought it sounded like such a fun idea to raise money for charity. We chose to have our prom benefit JDRF in honor of my stepson, Blake and other people affected by the disease in this area.” JDRF is a global nonprofit organization that focuses on type 1 diabetes research.
The night will feature a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction to raise money. All women are welcome to the festivities. “Mom Prom is just like a real high school prom with a DJ, dancing, prom favors and snacks,” Scott explained. We’ve got women as young as 18 and as old as 65 that have purchased tickets so far, so it will be a great mix of women that are attending.
“We have a couple fun activities planned for the night, including a tackiest dress contest and a prom queen contest,” Scott added. Greenville resident Mara Iteen is looking forward to the event. She emphasized just how difficult it can be for families to cope with juvenile diabetes.
“So many people are affected with type 1 diabetes and it is so sad to see children having to live with such restrictions and daily injections,” Iteen said. “The families, of course, acquire huge medical bills and tons of stress, which affects the entire family.”
“It is such a frustrating disease for kids to have to deal with, so we would really like to raise awareness for it,” Scott said.
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