SARATOGA While teens all over the Capital District are preparing for their high school proms, women of all ages have found a reason to relive their own prom memories and squeeze into their old satin and sequin-covered dresses for charity.
“It’s an idea that is taking off,” said Gait Veitch, one of the seven women who are planning the April 26 event called the Saratoga Mom Prom. “You can relive or rewrite your prom.”
The idea, which was created eight years ago by a woman in Michigan as an excuse to wear her puffy pink prom dress one more time, is taking off across the country as a way to fund raise for charity.
“A couple of the ladies in my group went to a mom prom two years ago in Schenectady and had so much fun that we decided to have one Saratoga,” Veitch said.
Last year’s Saratoga event, which took place at the McGregor Country Club in Wilton, was such a success that the group has planned a second prom this year on Saturday, April 26, at the Saratoga Hilton.
No men are allowed besides the male cardboard cutouts scattered throughout the room. The event is described as a ladies night out for charity. Women deck themselves out in their old prom gowns, bridesmaids dresses or wedding gowns and dance the night away.
Veitch said she found her dress for this year’s event at a local consignment shop.
“It cost me $8.55. I had to do some alterations on it. My friend and I bought matching dresses. We wanted to relive the horrifying event that someone shows up at the prom in your dress,” Veitch laughed. “They must have been bridesmaid dresses because there were a lot of them.”
Veitch said for some it’s an excuse to use the dress they’ve been saving in their closet all those years.