BELDING — Remember senior prom? The ill-fitting tuxes on the guys, the elaborate silk and satin dresses on the girls, the awkward attempts to replicate John Travolta’s “Saturday Night Fever” moves on the dance floor?
Sure, there are probably adults who recall their senior prom as a magical time, filled with fun, romance and excitement. For others, prom was more reminiscent of the climactic scene from “Carrie.”
Fortunately, your chance to get right all those things you got wrong the first time around is coming up March 23 in Belding. That’s when the American Legion Post No. 203 plays host to a “Do Over Prom” to raise money for God’s Kitchen of Belding and the Ecumenical Food Pantry.
According to organizers Jill Nelson, Amber Reeves, and Julie Rodts, the event has been a long time in the making.
“We were just kind of throwing around some ideas to raise some money,” Nelson said. “They’d like to do something special, above and beyond just the meals.”
Nelson’s referring to the meals God’s Kitchen provides every Thursday night at St. Joseph’s Church in Belding. The biggest cost for the service is not the food itself, but providing transportation to all those who have none of their own. Nelson said that many who attend the weekly meal are picked up by Dial-a-Ride.
The Do Over Prom, organizers hope, will raise funds to help offset these costs, as well as provide additional services to the area’s most needy.
Plans call for the evening to get under way with a prime rib or chicken Cordon Bleu dinner at 6 p.m. The $25 cost per person includes two drink tickets and admission to the prom, which follows at 8 p.m. Those who choose to attend the dance only can get in for $5.
In addition to the dinner, the event features live music from the Centerstage Band, 50/50 raffles and contests for best dressed per era (‘60s, ‘70s, and so on), a King and Queen contest, prizes for biggest hair and more.
Nelson said if the event goes well, the group may hold similar dances in the future.
“I hope we have a good turnout,” Nelson said. “This is different than anything we’ve ever done before but so far we’ve had good response from the people we’ve mentioned it to.”
Organizers are hoping for at least 140 diners — the legion post’s maximum capacity — and more for the dance afterward. If more substantially more tickets are sold, an additional dinner may be held earlier or later in the day.
Prom attire is optional, but really, who doesn’t want a chance to make amends for that powder blue tux you wore the first time around?
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling (616) 894-0450, (616) 970-0408 or (616) 894-2905.