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Grown-up prom in Carnation breaks all the rules to help senior programs

Getting into the spirit of the Community Prom, organizers Patti Inge and Stephen Haddan, left, consider some of the formal wear available at Re-in-Carnation, the senior center’s thrift shop, along with Sno-Valley Senior Center staff Alison McIntosh and Amy Sassenberg. Dressing up is not required, Inge and Haddan say, just come to the event in support of the center’s Adult Day Health program, which is only $7,348 in repeating three-year pledges away from reaching its goal for sustainable funding. If the center doesn’t raise the required funds by March 26, the Adult Day Health program could close.   - Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo
Getting into the spirit of the Community Prom, organizers Patti Inge and Stephen Haddan, left, consider some of the formal wear available at Re-in-Carnation, the senior center’s thrift shop, along with Sno-Valley Senior Center staff Alison McIntosh and Amy Sassenberg. Dressing up is not required, Inge and Haddan say, just come to the event in support of the center’s Adult Day Health program, which is only $7,348 in repeating three-year pledges away from reaching its goal for sustainable funding. If the center doesn’t raise the required funds by March 26, the Adult Day Health program could close.
— image credit: Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

They call it a prom, but drop your preconceptions about high school, limos, and dresses, because this prom is for everyone. No need for dresses, or even dates for that matter, say organizers Patti Inge and Pastor Stephen Haddan

“Just make sure you come,” said Inge.

This Community Prom, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Sno Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave. Carnation, is an event to support and honor the center’s Adult Day Health program, at risk in recent months because of decreased funding and enrollment. All proceeds from the all-volunteer event will go to the program which provides four-days-a-week activities and care for medically fragile patients still living at home. Adult Day Health participants will be crowned the prom kings and queens at 5 p.m.

That’s not the only reason for the event, though, say Haddan and Inge, neither of whom went to their own high school proms. “We hear often that there’s not enough dancing here,” said Haddan.

Besides, adds Inge, “For some of (the people planning to come) this will be their very first prom!”

Ann Szabo didn’t say whether it would be her first, but she’s already ready — almost. “I got the dress out of the closet, and it still fits,” she said at lunch last week at the center. “I have the shoes, I have the clutch…” The only thing she was missing, she said, was a date, but she was working on that, too.

Tickets for the Community Prom, which include the dance and heavy appetizers, are $15 for adults, and $7.50 for children. Order tickets online at the center’s website, www.snovalleysenior.org.

 

 

 

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