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International Cesarean Awareness Network
Education, Support, & Advocacy for Birth Justice & Healing
If you haven’t heard yet, ICAN has had a lot of fun the past couple of months with local chapters across the country hosting Mom Proms! What’s a mom prom?! Exactly what it sounds like… a night of dancing, food, and friends. It’s a night out, just for the girls, and each chapter added its own little flair. Some were themed, some included dinner & drinks, and all had a wonderful time. Here’s a story from one chapter:
The Central Florida Mom Prom was on April 26th, 2014, benefiting ICAN of Orlando, ICAN of East Central Florida, and ICAN of Brevard. It was a wild success. The inaugural event, held at the Radisson UCF in Orlando, sold out their 150 tickets two full days ahead of time! Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres like Mini-Beef Wellingtons and Coconut Shrimp. Local bakers donated a variety of amazing desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. In addition to a DJ and a photobooth, guests had the opportunity to bid on over 60 items (including items like Walt Disney World passes and a private wine tasting for 20 people) available in our raffle and silent auction. Even the bartenders got into the charitable spirit with the insanely popular signature drink, the Lasso of Truth Martini, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the event. Right before the end, we crowned our inaugural Prom Queen, with the winner taking home almost $700 in prizes!
The Central Florida Mom Prom was an incredible opportunity to not only reconnect with some fervent, local ICAN supporters, but also to introduce the organization to women throughout the Central Florida area. With our event information published in magazines, newspapers, and online blogs, we were able to reach and connect with new audiences like never before. The Safe Motherhood Quilt was displayed and provided a solemn counterpoint to the festivities by raising awareness of the rising maternal mortality rates in the United States.
Due to the incredible generosity of local and national sponsors, our attendees, and planners, we were able to host a flawless, high-quality event, ‘celebrating the superhero in all women,’ while raising over $12,300 for our local ICAN chapters. All of the décor was themed around superheroes, while providing statistics and information on the birth climate in the local area. We are already looking forward to growing this event and raising even more money next year, and we hope to see all of you there!
Regina leading the “Mom Prom Dance”
Here are some of the things attendees said about the prom…
“… fabulous event…”
“… best mom’s night out ever…”
“Can’t wait until next year!! “
“Beautiful job. Seriously amazing. I had a kick ass time!! “
“When do tickets go back on sale???”
Did your local ICAN chapter have a Mom Prom? We’d love to hear about it! If not, express your interest to your chapter leaders and maybe next year you can throw one awesome party!