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A Mom Prom preview in downtown Canton Wednesday.
A Mom Prom preview in downtown Canton Wednesday.

Silly for a serious cause

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A group of women in Canton has organized a fundraiser for widows in Malawi, Africa next week.

The "Mom Prom" at the Best Western in Canton on Friday, June 10 will feature vintage prom dresses and long-forgotten bridesmaid gowns.

Organizer Tiffany Zook told Todd Moe that the event is for women of all ages. Money raised will benefit the Women of Grace Widows' Fund, which alleviates poverty and provides opportunities for widows in Malawi.

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The group solicitied ticket sales outside of the Blackbird Cafe Wednesday by showing off a preview of the Mom Prom: bright signs and retro prom dresses. "When I say go to it, you say I'm going!" the group cheered as cars and trucks passed by on Main Street.

"We are putting gowns to good use, we are gathering our girlfriends and we are raising money for the Women of Grace Widow's Fund," Zook said. "I think of all of the blessings that I have at my house. At night that's when it hits me that not everyone has those luxuries," Zook said.

The Women of Grace Widow's Fund raises money for mosquito netting, food, and an orphanage. 

The Mom Prom began in Canton, Michigan and spread across the nation as a creative and fun way to raise money. The event sponsored by the Canton and Watertown Presbyterian Churches includes a cash bar, music, food, raffles, a contest for Prom Queen, a prize for most outrageous outfit and a float in the Dairy Princess parade.

Ticket's are on sale for $15 at the Blackbird Cafe or at the door at the Mom Prom on June 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Best Wester. 

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