WANT TO GO?
"Prom on the Boulevard"
WHEN: Starts 9:30 p.m. and goes late
WHERE: Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd.
PERFORMERS: Co-hosted by Casi Null and Tuesday Taylor, with music and spoken word by Marium Bria, Sierra Ferrell, Crystal Goodwoman, Felicia Chase, Talented and other performers and artists.
ADMISSION: Cash donations or prom supplies welcome
INFO: Contact 304-859-4130 or visit the Dream Makers page on Facebook.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Let's first be clear about the name of tonight's "Prom on the Boulevard" event, which starts at 9:30 p.m. at Boulevard Tavern at 806 Kanawha Blvd.
It's not a prom, but a sort of big musical, poetic, spoken-word fundraiser intended to raise funds and attract donated prom dresses and accessories, so as to send area teenagers to proms they otherwise could not afford to attend.
"I throw charities for things I think need to be done," said Tuesday Taylor, who is working along with the group Dream Makers to produce the event.
Cash donations at the door are welcome, but just as happily accepted are donations of prom dresses, costume jewelry, strapless bras and what Taylor describes as "lightly worn dress shoes."
Taylor's personal passion for the event is to help low-income, at-risk and disadvantaged teen girls have a chance to make their own splash at their school prom.
"West Virginians need to take care of West Virginians. I have girls that need help. Some of them just need a dress; another low-income girl needs jewelry and shoes. But all of them come from some type of situation."
Taylor has teamed up on "Prom on the Boulevard" with Dream Makers, a nonprofit group put together by Kerri Hill and Tina Osborne. The Dream Makers Facebook page describes the group's mission as making it possible for low-income girls to have the prom they always dreamed about:
"We will supply them with their dress, shoes, hair, nails, makeup, portraits, flowers, and even a limo to the prom if possible! We are dedicated to Making Dreams Come True One Girl at a Time!"
Formed earlier this month just in time for prom season, Dream Makers now has a quite respectable and riotously colorful array of donated dresses, which for the moment are spread on nearly every sofa, chair and bed in Kerri Hill's Cross Lanes home.