It’s Prom Season, and Ours Raised Nearly $90,000 for Improvements

DanceWhile area high schools are in their prom season, one notable prom happened last month: One that’s become an annual benefit to help make improvements to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The proceeds from the 2nd Annual Adult Prom were $89,820.39, according to Jill Garris, the fair board member who spearheaded the event. That money will help build a bridge over Rock Run Creek to allow access to C.R. 36/College Avenue from the fairgrounds, a much-needed improvement that will greatly reduce traffic bottlenecks, especially at the nighttime close of events during the fair.

DinnerThe total was above and beyond what the fair board hoped, which was a goal of $75,000 for the event.

“We’ve always been blessed with a very strong core of supporters: People who lead in their communities and businesses, people involved in the management of organizations and companies and people who believe in 4-H and the future of it,” Garris said. “These are people who intentionally choose to be a part of the legacy and history of our incredible fairgrounds and the fundraising team is over the moon with the results of our combined efforts.”

The event happened March 21 at Bread & Chocolate in Goshen.

The theme for the evening was “Tennis Shoes to Tuxedos…whatever you wear, we don’t care. We just want you to be there!” Guests were welcome to dress in whatever attire they felt most comfortable wearing.

A TeamThis special fundraising event was planned for adults (21 and over) in the community. Upon arrival at 5:30, guests enjoyed a social hour and were able to view and bid on the silent auction items.

They also enjoyed a complimentary do-it-yourself photo booth and entered the door-prize drawing. An upscale dinner was served at 6:30 followed by the live auction with generous items and exciting experiences being sold to the highest bidders.

King and QueenFollowing dinner and dessert, the 2015 Adult Prom King and Queen, Michael Cristofeno and Kim Shulz, were crowned at 9 p.m. and a fun, danceable atmosphere was provided by the evening’s live band, “Miller High Life.”

The 3rd Annual Adult Prom Fundraiser will be held March 19, 2016, at Oakwood Event Center in Syracuse, Indiana, and tickets will be available in December.

Additional information regarding this special event or the Elkhart County 4-H Fair can be obtained by calling 574-533-3247.


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