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Want to do-over the prom?

From Queen City's Mom Prom Organizers:

The inaugural Queen City’s Mom Prom – to be held on Friday, April 27, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Havana Banquet and Ballroom in Cornelius, N.C. – is a charity event benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to raising funds for research into new, improved therapies for pediatric cancer.

Several ladies in our local communities are playing an integral role in organizing and executing the unique, ladies-only night, which is designed to celebrate women and moms in all stages of motherhood.

Kellye Arning of the Skybrook community is the event organizer. Denise Hurly and Erin Dry, also of Skybrook, are serving on committees. While Laure Verlander and Lynne Moore, both of River Run, are also working on various committees for the event.

“We’re so grateful that various women in our communities have taken an active role in planning Mom Prom,” Arning said. “From decorating to vendor sales to ticket sales, I’m proud to say that we have a great group of women assisting to make this event a success. We hope that our neighbors – the other moms in our neighborhoods will come out and support this great cause.”

Mom Prom an opportunity to take a break from the everyday challenges of work, running a household and raising children to relive one of the most memorable nights of your life – prom.

Tickets are now available for $40 at Simply click on the “Buy Tickets” icon.

All proceeds from the Queen City’s Mom Prom go to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Tickets are available for $40 in advance or $45 the day of the event. The ticket price includes admission to the event, a drink ticket, appetizers and desserts, a Thirty-One™ thermal tote filled with gifts and sponsor goodies, a prom photo, a raffle entry as well as plenty of dancing and shopping.

“As a mom of two young boys, I know how hard it is to juggle office work while also managing the needs of the house. It seems like there is always laundry to be done or errands to run,” Arning said. “Mom Prom gives women the opportunity to take a night off and kick up their heels. Mom Prom has become a popular event throughout the country over the past few years, and we thought it would be a great event for the Charlotte area. With the opportunity to spend time with your best girlfriends, dressed to the nines, dancing to your favorite music from today and prom night, what’s not to love?”

In addition to creating a fun night where moms can dress up and get away from the demands of the house, the Queen City’s Mom Prom has another goal in mind – to raise funds on behalf of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded by parents inspired by their son Liam’s battle with cancer. They were shocked to learn that the main reason 25 percent of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive is because of a lack of effective therapies. And the reason for the lack of therapies was very simple: lack of funding. They pledged to support the development of new and better treatments by giving people a simple way to get involved.

“Mom Prom is truly a perfect fit for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer because as moms, we all know how difficult it is for us when our own child is sick with a cold, let alone to see a child who is battling cancer,” said Emily Fowler, Director of Corporate Relations for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. “It’s something that moms everywhere hope they never have to face.”

“Our charity definitely touches the hearts of so many because it does help children. Having a night where moms can take a break and put on their dancing shoes, all at the same time while benefitting a charity that will perhaps help another mom’s child, is truly an amazing experience. We hope that a lot of moms will join us for this special night.”

“Our goal is to make this an annual event,” Arning added. “We know this is a night that all moms will enjoy, and it’s also our chance to make a difference by joining the mission to find a cure for pediatric cancer. So get your little black dress out of the closet, dust off you dancing shoes, call your girlfriends and come join us for Mom Prom.”