NORMAN — It will be like time stood still Saturday night as those in the Norman community put on their best powder blue tuxedoes, with ruffled shirts of course, or pink taffeta dresses that are accented with oversized hairdos.
A charity for Bridges, a Norman non-profit 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, Prom 2.0 will allow party-goers to turn back the clock and dress in prom clothes from their favorite decade.
“The reason we chose to do a prom is we feel that it ties well into the high school experience, which is, of course, what we focus on with our kids,” said Bridges Executive Director Debra Krittenbrink.
Prom 2.0 will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Joy’s Palace, 300 E. Main St. Tickets, which can be purchased online at www.bridgesnorman.org or by calling Bridges at 579-9280, are $30. The evening will include music by DJ Adrian Buenida, snacks and adult beverages.
“Evidently it’s stirring a lot of memories for people. I’m seeing old pictures of people on Facebook. Prom, rather you loved it or hated it, it made an impression. It’s been fun to revisit that and hear people’s stories,” Krittenbrink said.
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 Sean Crandall, Class Jock; James Chappel, Class Rebel; and John Davenport, Class Nerd. Queen candidates are Diana Hartley, Student Council President; Kris Abbey, Most Popular; and Tatiana Proctor, Class Cheerleader.
The crowning of king and queen will be determined by the candidate who has raised the most money online at www.bridgesnorman.org.
Prom 2.0 is being spearheaded by a group from Leadership Norman, a Norman Chamber of Commerce leadership program. In the past, Leadership Norman classes have been individually assigned to attend board meetings of Norman non-profits. This year, the class was divided into five teams. Each team is doing a project for a non-profit.