Girls just want to have fun at ‘Mom Prom’ event

It may have been only 54 degrees but that didn’t stop women from flocking to Haywood’s on the Green at The Clinton Country Club on April 20 for the second “Mom Prom.”

The event was held to benefit The Life Center of Clinton County and to provide much needed funding for their many needs.

“We set the bar extremely high this year in hopes that we could help fund many of the immediate needs of the Life Center,” said Tracie Christensen, Mom Prom chairwoman. “The Life Center serves a critical need for an at risk population and we are thrilled that our contribution can help keep families together and give them the help they need to become financially stable again.”

When the numbers were totaled, The Women of Clinton County raised $10,000 for the Life Center this year.

“The generosity of our community is unbelievable and we received an incredible amount of contributions from other communities from Pennsdale to State College as well. We are fortunate to live in an area that doesn’t hesitate to step forward and help,” Christensen said.

The Mom Prom offered a night full of laughs and dancing courtesy of DJ Gemini Sound, Aron Agerton, Ron Fleeger and The Echo and Sway.

Although Mother Nature wouldn’t cooperate with warm temperatures, that didn’t deter the live musicians from entertaining on the patio.

The Clinton County Mom Prom was born when The Women of Clinton County’s founder, Lori Gunsallus, recognized that an event like Mom Prom could make a major impact and help serve needy area organizations.

“We knew that the Life Center was working hard to open their doors and we wanted to help them get the extra funds they needed to make that happen” Gunsallus said. “I knew that I could gather a group of women with all of the skill sets necessary to host a successful Mom Prom.”

Gunsallus set out to do just that. While chatting in Christensen’s home one morning, they discussed what it would take and whom they could recruit to put the event together.

In a matter of weeks, a committee was formed and meeting regularly to plan the first Clinton County Mom Prom. The first event collected more than $6,200 and set the bar for future events.

Today seven women comprise the committee: Gunsallus, Christensen, Joni MacIntyre, Brooke Fravel, Mary Lins, Jackie Brown and Melissa Barr.

Every year in July the group starts planning the event. The theme is chosen, the details are addressed and the sponsors are obtained. Within nine months, The Mom Prom evolves from concept to reality. This year, with the help of key corporate sponsors, Rocco Rosamilia of Rosamilia and Brungard, RCC Mechanical, Lock Haven Hospital, Boulevard Laser Wash, Bill MacIntyre Chevrolet, Northwest Savings Bank, Central Storage and Mom’s Inc., a top shelf event was created.

“It makes us so proud that we can host such an amazing event. At the end of the day, we are thrilled that women can attend Mom Prom and have a wonderful time and we can turn that enthusiasm and participation into financial support for the Life Center,” said Christensen.

“Mom Prom has been such a huge success that there will no doubt be a third annual event. Every year we learn how to improve the event and build on the success of the prior year. We are already discussing how we can build and improve for next year’s Prom,” said, Gunsallus.

Plans already are underway for next year and The Women of Clinton County are busy tying up details and sending thank you letters to all of their donors and sponsors. “We are so thankful for the Life Center and their commitment to serve our community, we are thankful for each and every person that donated or sponsored, and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity we have to work together on this event and contribute back to our community,” said Christensen.