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Chance to go to prom and support the troops

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 240 is giving a second chance to people who missed the prom their first time around.
“They wanted us to think outside of the box, so the women at Unit 240 decided ‘Let’s have a second-chance prom,’” said Daisy Luther, president of the ladies auxiliary. “There were many of us who didn’t have a chance to go to the prom in our younger years.”
The Second Chance Prom will take place at the American Legion Post 240 in Maiden March 30 from 7-11 p.m. All proceeds will go towards the United Service Organization, which supports men and women in the armed forces.
“We have a lot of service guys that are over in Iraq right now,” Luther said. “We have a lot of families here. The children are doing without their parents, and we want them to know we’re here.”
USOs are usually located in airports and serve as a place for members of the military to relax. During layovers, people can surf the Internet or get a quick bite to eat. They can also find a place to stay through the USO.
The USO also takes care of children who come to the airport to say goodbye to their parents.
“We make sure we give them a little beanie baby or bear to hold on to until their parents come home,” Luther said.
To keep the state USOs in operation, the American Legion Auxiliary must raise $21,000.
The members of Unit 240 hope the second-chance prom will help with that fundraising effort.
Tickets in advance will be $20 for couples and $10 for a single ticket. Tickets at the door are $25 for a couple and $15 for a single ticket.
There will be stars on the ceiling, tables lit with candles and a disc jockey playing music.
And while dancing and fun will be the primary focus of the evening, service men and women will be the ones benefiting from it.
“Our main objective is to look after veterans,” said Dot Bumgarner, treasurer of the unit. “It is very important that all of us be grateful to the men and women who preserved our freedom.”
For more information or to order tickets call (704) 736-0021 or (828) 428-4666.
by Sarah Grano

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