The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 240 is giving a second chance to people who missed the prom their first time around.
â€œThey wanted us to think outside of the box, so the women at Unit 240 decided â€˜Letâ€™s have a second-chance prom,â€™â€ said Daisy Luther, president of the ladies auxiliary. â€œThere were many of us who didnâ€™t have a chance to go to the prom in our younger years.â€
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.
â€œWe have a lot of service guys that are over in Iraq right now,â€ Luther said. â€œWe have a lot of families here. The children are doing without their parents, and we want them to know weâ€™re here.â€
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.
â€œWe make sure we give them a little beanie baby or bear to hold on to until their parents come home,â€ 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.
â€œOur main objective is to look after veterans,â€ said Dot Bumgarner, treasurer of the unit. â€œIt is very important that all of us be grateful to the men and women who preserved our freedom.â€
For more information or to order tickets call (704) 736-0021 or (828) 428-4666.
by Sarah Grano