Local chapter of Mom Prom invites ladies to a charitable event

It may be called “Mom Prom,” but local founder Christina Staccone would like to set the record straight — this special annual event isn’t just reserved for moms; it’s open to anyone who identifies as a female, as long as the individual is 21 years of age or older. Set for 6:30 to 11 p.m. April 13 in the Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., Staccone said the event is for anyone who has a heart for the community and is looking for a fun night.

“This annual ladies’ night out for charity is a guaranteed fun night for ladies 21 years of age and older to gather and raise funds for a different nonprofit organization to be chosen annually who is serving our individuals here in our local area – Lycoming County,” Rushoe said.

Past nonprofits that have benefited from Mom Prom funding includes Lifting Little Lives, The Beacon Hub Drop In Center and United Way, with guests enjoying themes like “Red Carpet,” “Kentucky Derby” and the “Roaring ’20s.”

This year’s “Western” theme will raise funds for Lycoming County Helping Our Warriors (HOW) and will specifically honor the often under recognized female veterans. The nonprofit aims to “find, fund and assist military — active and veteran — members with costs necessary, and not covered by other agencies, to live a healthy life.”

“As a group, we always try to agree (on the chosen nonprofit) and, while we don’t always agree on some things, we understand that we’re there for a purpose,” Staccone said.

Staccone recognizes that providing outreach to local veterans is a topic that is near and dear to the hearts of many.

“In my past, I did a program where I taught young kids the idea of giving back,” she said. “Every week, we would do donated boxes of food. A population that I always wanted to reach was veterans. It’s a hard population to reach because of pride, so I was going under bridges and along rivers. Past, present, male or female, these are folks that risked their lives to give us our freedom. We often take for granted the very things that most deserves our gratitude.”

It will be a beautiful evening, spent honoring the women who have served the country. Although she said the group isn’t singling out one veteran over the other, she reminds attendees that the event is a “ladies night,” Staccone said.

“We are trying to get male and female representation in uniform,” she said. “But as far as the ladies, they’ll be specifically recognized because it was brought to our attention that so often they don’t tend to be reached or recognized.”

Committee member Annette Krauser said that those who attend will enjoy dancing, light refreshments and silent and Chinese auctions for items donated by local venues.

Locally Williamsport Mom Prom has been on the map for the past six years, the national group was organized in 2006 in Michigan. What started as a ladies’ night out at St. Thomas a’Becket Catholic Church has now grown to include chapters across the country that are raising funds for local charities while dancing away the night in their old prom gowns, bridesmaid’s dresses and wedding gowns. A real blast from the past — there’s even been an Aqua Net Contest for “best hair” and a Tackiest Dress Contest.

Regarding attire, Staccone said that, while some will be impressively dressed, others may choose a less formal cocktail party attire and some will have fun embracing the evening’s theme.

“No one has to wear the ‘Western’ theme — come comfortably, but appropriately dressed,” she said.

Tickets for Mom Prom, available at the Genetti Hotel and Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers, 201 Mulberry St.

For more information, find @thewilliamsportmomprom on Facebook.