Adult prom in Wendell a month away

amoody@newsobserver.comFebruary 21, 2014 

Pictured from left, Travis White, Kathe Anderson, Lesia McKenzie and Tammy Hales are toning up for this year’s local fight against cancer. They are among six people competing in an adult prom on March 22 at the Wendell Community Center to raise funds for the East Wake Relay for Life.


— Those who missed their high school prom or simply miss their high school days will have a chance to turn back the clock next month, and for a good cause.

Allison Klepchick’s Relay for Life team, Pirates of the CURE-ibbean, plans to hold its second annual adult prom on March 22 at the Wendell Community Center. The event helps the East Wake Relay team raise funds for the American Cancer Society in two ways.

Tickets to the “Share the Care” prom cost $25 per person. That fee includes prom photos.

The other main funding source is a prom court contest in which the public can help decide the prom king and queen through donations.

This year’s candidates for king include Travis White, Mark Vardy and Mark Barnes, and the queen hopefuls are Kathe Anderson, Lesia McKenzie and Tammy Hales. The candidate for each throne that raises the most money by the night of the event, including any donations made on-site at the prom, will be crowned.

Fans can notch their support online by visiting and clicking on the name of the candidate they wish to sponsor to become adult prom royalty.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Klip-Chick’s Salon, 3541A Wendell Blvd. in Wendell, or from a member of the prom court. They can also be purchased at the door the night of the function.

Klepchick said the weather was uninviting for last year’s prom, which had about 150 attendees and raised nearly $6,000. She hopes both those figures will increase this time around.

“It’s just fun,” Klepchick said. “It’s a night out, it’s dancing and acting silly, and to raise money for a good cause. We also have a couple little surprises we throw in there – some dance competitions and 50-50 (raffle) types of things.”

The year’s adult prom will carry a masquerade ball theme. The event will run from 7-11 p.m. at the community center, located in Wendell Park at 601 W. Third St.

Moody: 919-829-4806; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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