You don’t have to be a mom to go to Mom Prom

PHOTO PROVIDED The 5th annual Williamsport Mom Prom is at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St. This years theme is the Masquerade Princess Ball. Past years have been the Roaring ‘20s, 2017’s theme, and the Kentucky Derby. The Williamsport Mom Prom’s proceeds benefit Lifting Little Lives, an organization that aims to lift the spirits of children, ill or disabled, in our local community.

At 6:30 p.m. April 14, the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., will open their doors for the 5th-annual Williamsport Mom Prom. This year’s theme is Masquerade Princess Ball. Contrary to the name, though, you do not have to be a mom to attend the Mom Prom, you only have to be a woman and over 21 years old.

The Mom Prom was brought to the area as a way for women to have a ladies night out while also giving back to charity. The Williamsport Mom Prom is a local event, but Mom Proms are a national event taking place throughout the country, starting in Missouri in 2006.

The Mom Prom is “a night where women get out and celebrate women,” said Jodi Fox, a member of the Williamsport Mom Prom Committee. “It’s a night of empowering women.”

“It’s a fun night where ladies just get together, 21 years of age and older, just get together and raise funds. Each year, our beneficiary changes, so we spread the love throughout the community, wherever we feel we could help the most,” Christina Staccone, member and one of the remaining founders on the Williamsport Mom Prom committee, said.

This year, proceeds benefit Lifting Little Lives, an organization that helps lift the spirits of children, or youth, that may be ill or disabled within the local community. They serve Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Columbia and Montour counties and have been around for 10 years.

“What we do primarily is we actually focus on kids themselves,” said Butch Heim, president of Lifting Little Lives. “We usually do things for the kids … to lift their spirits, whether it be, just to give you an example, we sent a little boy to the beach for an all-expenses-paid trip.”

Kevin Head Entertainment will be DJing throughout the night to keep spirits high as ladies dance throughout the Genetti Ballroom. Kevin Head Entertainment also will have a photobooth available so women will have the opportunity to take their memories home. There also will be a cash bar, raffle basket, light refreshments and other prizes to win throughout the night.

Near the “end of the night, we vote on the winner for Mom Prom — someone wins the Mom Prom package,” said Fox. “Which has always been you get a photo package, a photo done, a glamour package.”

Although the theme of the night is Masquerade Princess Ball, one does not have to dress up, although it is encouraged. “We want people to be comfortable. We want to warn you, though, you are going to be seeing a lot of people dressed up,” Staccone said.

The 2017 Williamsport Mom Prom was the Roaring ’20s and a family of four to five generations attended together as a table. One of the family members was “the oldest person there in attendance, born in … 1920 or 1930,” said Shantay Hall, a Mom Prom committee member. “They just thought it was so important for them to experience Mom Prom together.”

Last year, the Mom Prom hosted a contest for the woman who traveled the furthest; a woman traveled from Ohio.

“I had people driving that day,” said Hall. “It was her birthday, she was turning 50, and she came in from New Jersey on the bus.”

They also had a dance team come in to perform a Roaring ’20s recital at the 2017 Mom Prom, dedicated to teens who have taken their lives in the area.

The Williamsport Mom Prom is put together through their seven-member committee, Alicia Keller, Anette Krauser, Christina Staccone, Jodi Fox, Karen Clabaugh, Shantay Hall and Vanessa Rushoe.

The Mom Prom “has empowered me because it has put more into my life; more resources and more stuff to expand on,” said Fox. “We’ve developed relationships with women that we probably would not have come in contact with.”

The Williamsport Mom Prom now has tickets available to buy. Individuals can buy their tickets online or visit Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, 201 Mulberry St., the Genetti Hotel or contact a committee member to purchase a ticket.

For more information about the Williamsport Mom Prom, sponsorships or to donate resources you can visit Facebook at Williamsport Mom Prom to learn more.