“I think in February we all need a ladies’ night out. It’s a long winter here in Michigan,” Betty O’Neill explained.
O’Neill is the Director of Fund Development for Family and Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan, and has a big hand in planning the Great Lakes Bay Mom Prom.
“We always say it’s a prom to help moms, you don’t have to be a mom to attend,” O’Neill says.
You won’t find any kids or men at the Mom Prom, but all of the women there will be dancing the night away for a good cause.
“It’s actually a nationwide movement, it’s been going on for quite some time. It’s really an opportunity for women to get together and make a difference in causes they care about,” O’Neill says.
In Midland, Family and Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan is getting ready for their 4th annual Mom Prom.
“We are going to have a DJ, a dance floor, a green screen photo booth, to put you right in the Hollywood scene,” O’Neill says.
Planning all of that is a lot of work!
“It’s a big event, but we do have a committee of about 15 community volunteers, who do everything from help us find auction items and make plans for our theme,” O’Neill says.
A fundraiser like this is so important because Family and Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan answers every single call for help, even if you can’t afford to pay for it.
“Our mission is to provide counseling, education and support services to improve the well-being of people of all ages. So, we provide services to everyone from moms who are expecting, to young children, right up to seniors,” O’Neill says.
They don’t want anyone to be afraid of asking for a hand-up, no matter how small you may think your issue or question is.
“People don’t know how easy it is to get help, and how common problems are. We know that perinatal mood disorders are the most common complication of childbirth, but they are the least talked about complication, “ O’Neill says.
So, what better way to raise awareness for important issues like those, than to make them front and center on the dance floor?
“When everybody comes together, it’s amazing. Our staff also gives a lot of their time. It’s a chance to share the word about what we do. A lot of people aren’t talking about mental healthcare, and this is their chance to help make it just more accessible to people,” O’Neill says.
You do not have to be a mom to attend the 2019 Great Lakes Bay Mom Prom, you just have to be 21 or over.
Tickets are $40. Click here to buy one.
TV-5’S Sara Simnitch is the Emcee of this fun event, it is happening on February 23rd.