Saratoga Springs ‘Mom Prom’ dances with a purpose

Saturday, April 27, 2013
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— There were puffy dresses and bright colors, stylized updos and the crowning of a queen. But the girls weren’t worried about matching corsages or wearing the same dress as someone else. There was no making out behind bleachers or sneaking liquor into punch bowls.

But that’s kind of the point of a Mom Prom. There are no guys, the event is the kind of fun that women only learn how to have once they’ve outgrown the teenage angst and high-stakes drama of high school.

“It’s nothing but dancing, dancing, dancing and dancing,” said Gail Veitch, one of seven local women who organized Saratoga’s first-ever Mom Prom on Saturday night. “It’s just having a great time with your girlfriends. We don’t care if your dress is pretty, if it’s in style, if it fits or if it looks good on you. In fact, we actually have a 'Tackiest Dress’ contest.”

Saratoga Mom Prom has been a year in the making, dreamed up after Veitch and six of her friends returned from a Mom Prom in Schenectady last year. They were tipsy and still excited from a night of reliving high school memories when one of them asked: Why not start our own in Saratoga?

They began meeting monthly to plan the event. Word spread and tickets began selling fast. Six weeks ago, the event sold out. Consignment shops filled up with women looking for old prom dresses. Women started dusting off old wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses and wondering if they might still fit in them.

“We have a couple people that never went to their prom,” said Veitch. “We have some people who just always wanted to wear their wedding dresses again. We even have a couple 80-year-old women coming who just want a night out.”

For four hours Saturday night, women had a chance to relive or rewrite their own proms inside the McGregor Links Country Club. In addition to music and dancing, organizers planned food, raffle baskets, souvenir martini glasses and contests.

Tickets cost $45 a person, with all proceeds benefiting the Saratoga Hospital Breast Health Center at Wilton Medical Arts.

The event’s seven organizers, who like to call themselves the Saratoga Seven, include Veitch, Jan Perrotta, JoAnn Berrigan, Joanne Sole, Suzi Ingmire, Maureen Maciariello and JeanAnne Dennis.

Another Saratoga Mom Prom is already being planned for next year.

 

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