Editors Note: The Seventh Annual Saratoga Mom Prom occurred last Saturday, April 13, at The Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs. Since your intrepid editor is blessed with a “Y” chromosome, Planet Arthur extends thanks to Paige McCarthy for these photos, and to Nancy Miles for this dispatch from inside this free-flowing estrogen extravaganza. – AG
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Mom Prom is one of the many Mom Proms held throughout the country. If you search the internet for the history of Mom Prom you will find that the tag line, Changing the World one Prom at a Time, is not just a phrase, but a mantra that the founding women live by.
What exactly is Mom Prom? It is a ladies’ night out in which women wear their old prom gowns, bridesmaids or other tacky dresses and dance the night away for a worthy cause. Many prom traditions are celebrated including the crowing of a Prom Queen and everyone’s favorite, Tackiest Dress.
It is a must attend event for all women who love to dance, have fun with friends, win some fabulous gift baskets and help their community.
Over the last seven years, the Saratoga Mom Prom has raised over $118,000 for local women’s and children’s charities. For the past three years, the prom has been organized and run by the members of The Saratoga County Children’s Committee (SCCC.).
The money raised supports local children and teens with basic needs and/or emergency or special requests that come through local agencies such as Social Services, school counselors and nurses, EOC, Mental Health, Early Intervention, and Wellspring. Last year the SCCC provided beds, bedding, seasonal clothing, shoes, boots, sports equipment, car seats, instrument rentals, toiletries, diapers, and other special requests to local children in need. In 2018, the SCCC donated over $19,000 to sponsor 24 children attending summer camps.
This year, the funds generated from the Mom Prom are earmarked for the Back to School Program. Every September, this important program provides backpacks, school supplies, calculators, clothes, shoes, and toiletries to more than 50 children. The SCCC also provides monetary donations to The Franklin Community Center and Saratoga Mentoring to supplement their back to school support programs.
This year’s prom was about good friends, good times and even the unexpected – a fire alarm brought prom goers outside!
(While not confirmed, many of the moms in attendance were overheard claiming it was their hot dance moves that were to blame.)
So, mark your calendars for April 25, 2020, dig out your old prom dress, gather your girlfriends and get ready for a night to remember for all the laughs, but more importantly, for all the good it brings to our community!