March 06, 2011

‘Mom Prom’ Fund-Raising Event Gains Popularity

A "Mom Prom" started six years ago by a suburban Detroit woman could soon become a popular fund-raising event in many cities, according to news reports.

The event raises money by charging admission to a retro dance party for which women  don old prom dresses, bridesmaid attire, or wedding gowns.

Betsy Crapps, founder of the event, told news outlets that another Mom Prom will be held in Middletown, N.Y., next month, and she has heard from people interested in copying the idea  in Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Another Mom Prom in Seattle last year featured this online invitation.

At the dance parties, women are offered the chance to drink, pose for photos, and compete for prizes such as one awarded for the tackiest dress.

More than 100 women attended last week's sixth annual Mom Prom in Detroit, which  raised more than $3,000 for two charities. (The organizers pick new charity recipients each year.) That's a far cry from the $820 raised the first year of the event, money that went to a local homeless shelter.