“I see it every day at the store, teachers see it every day at the school, we all see it around the community.” Cheryl Putorti, co-owner of Putorti’s Market said.
What Putorti is referring to is children and teens who are in need, around the Whitehall community. Instead of just talking about it, Putorti and a few other community members are taking action to combat it.
“We came up with the idea to create a fund at the school, which the teachers can go to for a student who needs a back pack or a winter coat or a lunch, those types of things.” Putorti said.
The money to support this fund, which will be called ‘We Care Project,’ will be raised by a charitable event known as a ‘Mom Prom.’ The Mom Prom is exactly what it sounds like, a prom for women outside of high school, the only stipulation to be allowed to attend the is you must be a female 21 or older.
Putorti came up with the idea after seeing successful ones take place in both Saratoga and Lake George. These events have benefited a variety of different charities and community groups.
“Back in May, I reached out to 10 or 12 local businesswomen and people I thought would be interested in helping out and they all got behind it.” Putorti explained.
The inaugural Whitehall Mom Prom will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Whitehall Athletic Club/Armory from 7-11 p.m. Tickets will be available starting in September at Putorti’s Market and Lake Champlain Coal Company, Karen Gordon at the High School and Sandy Lavin at the Elementary School will also have tickets. The price will be $40 and will include one drink ticket, oeuvres, dessert and plenty of dancing.
As for the prom itself, the first half hour will include a red carpet welcome, featuring “paparazzi” and what Putorti referred to as a “Joan Rivers Wannabe.”
After the red carpet welcome, it will be time to dance the night away and simply have a good time, as Whitehall Dean of Students Gregg Chappell has volunteered his time to DJ for the event.
There will be door prizes for some of the women who dress to impress, including most bling, most original, tackiest, best theme and most mature mom.
Adirondack Winery will be doing wine tasting throughout the night, in addition there will be raffles and a 50/50 taking place to benefit the We Care Project.
However, the grand prize of this evening of fun will be the awarding of the Prom Queen, which Putorti said would be decided based on an activity or competition.
Groups can reserve tables of 6 or 8 in advance and are encouraged to bring as many friends as they please.
“Word of mouth has already been really good, I’m expecting 200-300 people.” Putorti stated, “I want to show what a small community, like Whitehall can do.”
Anyone who would like to make a contribution to the We Care Project can make out a check to Whitehall PTA/Mom Prom. For more information on the event, “Like” them on Facebook at Whitehall’s Mom Prom or stop by Putorti’s Market and talk to Cheryl.