Optimists to host Adult Prom

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]

By Nicole Cooke

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Prom isn’t just for high schoolers anymore. The Sedalia Noonday Optimist Club is hosting its third annual Adult Prom in April for those adults who missed their prom or are just looking for an excuse to dress up.

This year’s theme is Denim & Diamonds, offering attendees the option for a more country look, although formalwear is still required.

“We have some diehards that come every year and go all out (getting dressed up),” said fundraising committee member Ashlee Paxton. “We have one group that’s very excited because it’s country-themed this year. They’re so excited.”

Weller’s Mens Wear is offering special discounted packages for the male attendees who don’t already have formalwear in their closet. The package includes a pair of jeans and the top half of a tuxedo; the customer can keep the jeans but must return the other items.

Tickets include a traditional prom photo, dinner and a party favor. The event will also feature a photo booth – complete with plenty of country-themed props – DJ MXB and a cash bar. Paxton said this year’s DJ, photo booth and party favors are all new.

Both Paxton and fellow committee member Jason Myerssaid the Adult Prom appeals to a wide variety of people.

“It’s an opportunity for people who maybe never went to prom,” Myers said. “It’s a date night out and it also goes to a good cause.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit Mo Kids Outdoors and Sedalia and Pettis County DARE. Paxton said a few local DARE officers will be on hand to help out at the event.

“We voted on those groups as a committee,” Myers said. “We all threw out ideas of organizations we haven’t ever donated to, or maybe we haven’t donated to in a while.”

“We wanted to make sure they were involved with youth, since that’s what the Optimists are all about,” Paxton added.

The inaugural event attracted 200 people, and last year’s event had about 150; Paxton and Myers said attendance was a little lower due to it being on Easter weekend. This year’s goal is to meet or exceed the first year’s attendance.

Committee members Paxton, Myers, Samantha Wood, Samantha Reed, Lynette Ehlers, Michelle Abney-Fry, Valerie Tims and John Schwemk have worked for months to plan the event, which falls a few months before the Noonday Optimist Club’s 70th anniversary.

The Adult Prom will take place April 9 at the Best Western State Fair Inn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and music and dancing will kick off at 7 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Tickets are $100 per couple or $55 for singles and are available at Remax of Sedalia, Vincent’s Footwear and Apparel, Sedalia Hair Salon and Spa and Best Western. New this year, PayPal is an option for payment after the planning committee received several requests for the option last year.

Best Western is offering an event room rate of $79.64 plus tax for those who don’t want to make the trek home after their prom night.

For more information, call 660-221-0145.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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