So, I was reading about proms and grateful that I didn’t have senior or junior in high school, when this article came to my attention. Kinda made me wish I did have a student going to this prom …
Prom With A Purpose raises funds for leukemia
Juniors and seniors won’t be forking over a lot of cash for prom this year, which is being held at The Lodge Café in Atlanta on Friday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. Instead the prom committee has planned “Prom With A Purpose,” an event designed to raise money for the American Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and help science teacher Ann Schmitz in her recovery from leukemia.
Students plan to forego or reduce some of the traditional expenses of prom and donate money to the cause instead. Instead of eating at expensive restaurants, students are opting to attend dinner parties organized by Whitefield parents. Instead of renting limousines, students are riding together in their everyday vehicles.
Last week, a prom dress/party dress consignment sale was held to secure more donations. Planned by parents Margaret Hamilton and Lucy Fugate, the consignment sale offered expensive dresses for less than $100. Students, faculty members and other friends of the Whitefield community donated over 100 dresses to the sale, which was held at the Tracy Nichole Shope in Ivy Walk Shopping Center. Jody’s 5th Avenue, an upscale consignment shop in Sandy Springs, partnered with Whitefield and contributed additional prom and party dresses as well as shoes, handbags, and jewelry. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the cause.
Members of the prom committee have also solicited local businesses to offer reduced prices for tuxedos, corsages and the like.
“It has been a lot of fun working with all the girls on the committee,” said Tillman Hamilton (class of 2011), a member of the prom committee. “We’ve learned that you really don’t have to have all the traditional trappings of the prom to have fun,” she added, “That isn’t really what Whitefield represents.”
Congratulations Whitefield Academy students! You have touched innumerable lives with your selflessness. Mine is one.