CHAMPAIGN — Who says only teens get to go to prom?
Grown-ups will have a chance to dress up in formal wear and go to a prom of their own March 9 — but this will be a prom for a cause.
This will be the fifth anniversary Prom Benefit for Hunger Relief to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign.
The evening will run from 7 to 11 p.m., and include dancing, appetizers, an open bar, photo opportunities, games and a silent auction with giving opportunities.
Several community members are also in a fundraising competition, and two of them — the man and woman who raise the most for the food bank — will be crowned prom king and queen.
Donations to their campaigns can be made at http://www.crowdrise.com/PromBenefit through March 8. Under "find an event," type in "Prom Benefit for Hunger Relief" in the search box.
Last year's prom raised $31,000 for the food bank, and the fundraising goal was increased this year to $40,000 — enough for the food bank to provide 160,000 meals, according to Tiffany Jackson, who is co-chairing the event with her husband, Clint Jackson.
All proceeds raised will go to the food bank, she said.
People attending must be 21 or older and are encouraged to dress up, choose a theme, and make it fun. Some women come in their old prom dresses, bridal gowns or bridesmaid dresses, she said.
Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for a reserved table for 10, and can only be purchased online in advance at http://www.prombenefit.org
Sponsors include Jackson Chiropractic, Hilton Garden Inn, Dr. Andrew J. Kluesner Foot & Ankle Surgery, Paramount Staffing, ESS Cleaning, Eastland Suites, Ford City, A House of Flowers and Erika's Cakes and More.
Information about sponsorships is also available on the ticket website.