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February 2, 2014

Prom 2.0 to benefit nonprofit Bridges

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.

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