Project Graduation to host adult prom

CASSOPOLIS — There are few opportunities for adults to get dressed up in vibrant dresses, go out to dinner and dance the night away, while a DJ plays classic hits such as Whitney Houston’s ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody.’

Most of such opportunities stop after senior prom, which is why the folks in charge of Cassopolis Public Schools’ Project Graduation have decided to host its second annual adult prom.

“The adult prom is taking place on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Cass County Council on Aging, on Decatur road — just where it was held last year,” said Susan McGrew, who is helping to throw the adult prom. “The event cost per ticket is $25 per ticket. What that allows you access to is we will have a dessert and appetizer buffet. We will have a DJ.”

Attendees must be 21 years of age and older. At the event, there will also be a cash bar that sells beer and wine.

“It’s because of the liquor sales at the Council on Aging and the liquor law,” McGrew said. “So, you can be 21 up to 101.”

McGrew said that the adult prom was brought back because it was so popular last year. Roughly 200 people attended the event, which she expects to happen again this year.

The overall goal of the event is to raise money for project graduation in Cassopolis.

“One hundred percent raising money for project graduation,” McGrew said. “One hundred percent of the profit will go back into providing our graduating seniors with a drug and alcohol-free event the night of graduation, so they can have one last evening together and we can make sure that it’s done in a safe environment.”

In years’ past, students have been taking to Sky Zone in Mishawaka, gone on fair rides and more. Students are not told until the night of graduation what they will be doing. It costs the students very little to participate thanks to events like the adult prom that go toward funding it.

“Cassopolis is a small community,” McGrew said. “It’s a very close-knit community, and our graduating class this year is approximately 90. We just want to give them something that’s special for their last night together, so we do try to do something pretty spectacular every single year.”

Tickets for the adult prom can be purchased from event organizers or at the door. McGrew expects that many attendees will be dressed eloquently, but she said that is not a requirement. If someone wants to come in jeans and a button-down, that is fine, too.

The event is also open to people who are outside of the Cassopolis community.

“I remember a couple coming in saying, ‘hey, we heard about this and we have a house on Diamond Lake and we thought we’d show up and see if we can get in,’” McGrew said. “So, we told them tickets at the door so it was, you know, a lot of local Cassopolis people. But we had some couples there from Chicago who just happened to stop by.

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