Maybe you have six bridesmaid gowns and two prom dresses hanging in your closet. Pick one you can still fit into and glam it up for Mom Prom.
On Saturday, April 26, the Alpine Grove in Hollis will be filled with women decked out in fancy gowns at the annual event that supports breast cancer patients and research.
“Close your eyes and remember back to your high school prom and envision it. [Mom Prom] is just like that. It’s all those tacky traditions,” said Kristen Rioux, community health educator at St. Joseph Hospital and a member of the Mom Prom committee.
The prom night will be filled with dancing, food, photographs, the crowning of a queen and more.
“We like to label it as a fun-filled girls’ night out for charity,” said Lindsay Kaled, director of marketing, fundraising and community health education at St. Joseph Hospital and member of the Mom Prom committee. “In addition to benefiting patients with breast cancer, it helps us stay in the leading edge of technology as well.”
All the proceeds from the event help to raise money for the Breast Cancer Center at St. Joseph Hospital.
“We really try to bring home the reason why we [have the Mom Prom]. If there’s any breast cancer survivors there, we try to acknowledge them if they want to be,” Kaled said.
There’s a wall inside the prom filled with heart-shaped notes for attendees to fill in with a name of someone they support in a battle against the disease or who they might be dancing for that night.
“It’s just really heart-warming to look at that wall and see all the support,” Kaled said. “It’s just the bonding of women that come out to the event. It’s a group of women that are really passionate about fighting breast cancer. It seems like breast cancer has touched everyone in some way — a family member, a friend or someone you know.”
Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Tables of 10 can be reserved as well.
More than 200 women attended the Mom Prom last year.
“It’s a really non-judgmental night and it’s a friendly atmosphere,” Rioux said.
As seen in the April 17, 2014 issue of the Hippo.