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July 12, 2013

Popular Mom Prom returns

MALONE — A popular fundraiser returns Saturday, Aug. 3, to help a group of Rwandan women who sew and weave to support themselves and their families.

The Mom Prom is a night of dancing and fun for women only, where they dress in the fashions and accessories that were all the rage in past decades.

The event will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Malone Elks Lodge in Malone with deejay music by Double Dutch Entertainment.

GOAL RAISED

Marcy Bright, who is coordinating the event, said 55 women attended last year and raised about $2,000.

“My goal is to have 100 people this year and to raise $3,500,” she said.

Guests can represent whatever decade they want, so some might twist their way out of the ‘50s with ponytails, saddle shoes and bobby sox. Others might sway to the sounds of the ‘60s in a tie-dye T-shirt and beaded necklaces. Some could decide to “Get Physical” in workout wear or a “Flashdance”-inspired outfit of a sweatshirt with a torn neckline and leg warmers.

Tickets for Mom Prom are $20, and a table of eight entitles those guests to a free raffle ticket for baskets of cheer and items the Rwandan women make, such as baskets, bags and a colorful quilt.

LIFE SKILLS

The prom supports Ubushobozi, a training program that teaches marketable skills like sewing and basket weaving to orphaned girls and young women who are the head of their households.

They are then able to earn a living in a country where formal education for them ends at age 12.

Ubushobozi was started in 2008 when Bright and Jeanne Siporin of Bangor spent a volunteer vacation in Rwanda and wanted to help girls with limited futures.

“I’ve been involved in education my whole career, and I see these young ladies so hungry to learn,” Bright said. “But there were no programs for them and no future.”

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