NORMAN — Most everyone has a story about their high school prom. Some of those stories end well, and some of those stories are so bizarre, they almost sound like something from a horror movie.
Thanks to the group Norman NEXT, an organization for young professionals 21 to 40 years of age working or living in Norman, individuals can have a prom do-over. The best part is all ticket proceeds go to a good cause.
The prom allows party-goers to turn back the clock and dress in prom clothes and dance the night away.
Last year was the first Prom 2.0. It benefits Bridges, a Norman nonprofit that helps high school and college students who are living alone due to a family crisis to graduate and pursue a career or higher education.
This year’s event will be from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Star Skate, 2020 W. Lindsey St. Prom 2.0 is an adult event with dancing, food and drink, a photo booth and king and queen candidates.
“I actually married my high school sweetheart, so we went to our prom together,” prom co-organizer Andrea Dixon said, adding that she’s excited to relive the experience this year with her husband.
Last year, Prom 2.0 was spearheaded by a group from Leadership Norman, a Norman Chamber of Commerce program. When it came time to organize this year’s event, Norman NEXT stepped up to the plate to help.
“Several of us went last year and we had a couple of Norman NEXT board members that were candidates last year. We all had so much fun. Not only was it a fun event, it was so beneficial to a great organization,” Dixon said.
Prom-goers are asked to dress in their favorite decade during the prom and have fun.
“It’s such a unique event. So many times when you think of fundraisers, you think gala, you think stuffy, you think big checks. This is something, for $25 a ticket, younger people can really be a part of and feel like they are giving, too,” said Tory Tedder, Prom 2.0 co-organizer.
Since no prom would be complete without the crowning of a king and queen, six individuals in the community have been vying for the coveted Prom 2.0 crown.
King candidates are Norman NEXT President Kyle Allison, playing the role as workout guru; Roger Brown, playing the role of FFA member; and John Woods, using the ’80s theme.
Queen candidates include Amy Brewer-Sterr, class hipster; Mandy Haws, bad Sandy; and Autumn McMahon, dancing queen.
The crowning of king and queen will be determined by the candidate who has raised the most money for Bridges. Voting and ticket sales can be done online at BridgesProm2014.eventbrite.com. Voting for candidates also will be done during the prom.
Since there will be no skating, only dancing, at the prom, Dixon and Tedder said that the evening will include music that will span several decades.
“Its a great, inexpensive, fun night that you can have around Valentine’s Day that benefits an amazing organization that makes a huge difference in Norman for those who need it,” Dixon said.
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