Prom: take two

Mas­quer­ade ball will raise money for Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

For many girls, their high school prom is some­thing they’ll never for­get, and a time they wish they could re­live.

That’s why Chantelle Cle­ments de­cided to throw a mas­quer­ade ball for an adults-tyle prom. How­ever, men and women won’t just be dress­ing up, par­ty­ing and pos­ing for pic­tures. Money from the tick­ets is go­ing to the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion.

Cle­ments has wanted to or­ga­nize an event like this for a long time. More re­cently, she de­cided it would be great to make the ball a fundraiser.

“My boyfriend has a lot of di­a­betes in his fam­ily. It would be nice to raise some more aware­ness and for the money to go to the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion.”

Terry Lewis, the group’s man­ager of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment for At­lantic Canada, said the Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion loves when peo­ple are will­ing to help raise funds.

“It’s fan­tas­tic when some­one comes to us. We pro­mote the event and help in any way we can.”

Lewis said the money goes to­ward di­a­betes re­search, chil­dren’s camps, and he can’t ex­press how much it’s ap­pre­ci­ated, since it is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The mas­quer­ade ball is a fun and unique fundraiser, which will con­trib­ute to help­ing the 15,000 Is­lan­ders who have di­a­betes, he added.

The event will be held on Aug. 22 at the Sil­ver Fox Curl­ing and Yacht Club from 9 p.m. un­til 1 a.m. Tick­ets are $20 and can be pur­chased at the Sil­ver Fox or by con­tact­ing Cle­ments at di­a­betes­ball@gmail.com.

Cle­ments said she chose the smaller venue at the Sil­ver Fox since it’s the first year, but there’s a lot of in­ter­est in the event so far. About 100 tick­ets have been sold of the 250 she started with.

There will be fin­ger foods, as well as a DJ, and the room will be pro­fes­sion­ally dec­o­rated with back­drops for pic­tures, she said.

“I’m try­ing to get an older crowd, too, be­cause it would be nice for those who don’t get out of­ten with their sig­nif­i­cant other.”

She thinks it will be a unique event, and it’s seen a lot on TV.

“The masks are op­tional, but it is a for­mal event.”

Some girls will be wear­ing prom dresses or gowns, and guests must tem­po­rar­ily re­move their masks at the door if asked, she added.

It’s fun to get dressed up and go out, es­pe­cially if it’s for a fundraiser, she said.

“I am so ex­cited for the ball. It is go­ing to be a fun and el­e­gant night for a great cause.”

ANCELENE MACKIN­NON/ TC MEDIA

Chantelle Cle­ments de­cided to com­bine fun and fundrais­ing by hav­ing a mas­quer­ade ball which will take place at the Sil­ver Fox on Au­gust 22. Money raised from the event will go to the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion on P.E.I.

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