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Prom with a Purpose set for May 18

Krystle Wagner • Apr 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Whether it’s attending prom for the first time or reliving prom memories, residents have a chance to dance the night away next month.

Extended Grace’s annual fundraising event, Prom with a Purpose, will take place 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 20 N. Second St. in Grand Haven. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and members of the Momentum Center for Social Engagement.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.extendedgrace.org or by visiting Just Goods Gifts and Café, 714 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven. 

People can also sponsor tickets for Momentum Center members to attend the event.

Profits from the event will go toward the Momentum Center and other Extended Grace initiatives.

This year’s prom theme is “unmasking stigma.”

“The event itself is an opportunity for social integration and the chance to destigmatize,” said Extended Grace Executive Director Barbara Lee VanHorssen.

The masquerade-themed prom will feature a DJ, dancing, pictures, refreshments, cash bar, activities and the crowning of prom royalty. There will also be items up for auction. 

The event will feature a taco bar by Arturo’s Tacos, Rendezvous and Chef in a Box. Grand Finale Desserts will provide desserts.

Attendees can wear masquerade masks, prom attire and casual clothing. Adults and high school-age students are welcome, said Lindsay Hartman, who is the prom committee chairwoman.

Participants can also donate their prom attire on May 19 at Just Goods Gifts and Café. The clothing will go to the impact program at Central High School, VanHorssen said.

VanHorssen said they hope everyone has fun at the prom and recognize their connections with each other.

Hartman, who is also the treasurer on Extended Grace’s Board of Directors, said the event is a celebration of the community’s support and what the organization has accomplished in the past year — opening the Momentum Center in April 2017 and MiBiz selecting Extended Grace as West Michigan’s Best-Managed Nonprofit with a budget under $1 million. The Momentum Center has more than 100 active members, and the community comes in to integrate with members at Just Goods Gifts and Café, Hartman said.

By attending the prom, Hartman said the support will help springboard their future and help with the goal of offering programs for teens.

VanHorssen noted the Ottawa County Community Health Needs Assessment continues to show mental illness remains a prevalent health issue. Residents struggle with depression and anxiety, and they’re working to normalize conversations so people are connected, she added.

“We all have needs and resources to give,” VanHorssen said. “This is an opportunity to celebrate and give back.”

Prom with a Purpose gold sponsors include: Balance Therapy Services LLC, David Lewis, Shoreline Insurance Agency, and Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

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