We cannot allow coronavirus to stop us from continuing the tradition of bringing joy to our community. One of the major impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has been that many young people who were preparing to attend their first prom or celebrate graduating high school won’t be able to in the way they were planning. This time marks a major transition and milestone for our teens, and we want to do something to address this. – Jenny High
By Jenny High, Founder, Go High Center for the Arts
Go High Center for the Arts’ Prom Bring It program has been having its yearly formal wear drive for over a decade now. Over that time, we’ve dressed over 7,500 youth, adults, military, police, disabled vets and beauty pageant participants. We have nominated our Prom VIP’s from local schools since our inception. Some of them have literally grown up with us. One of our Initial Prom Bring It VIP’s was Johlie Humphrey, a Hermitage High School Class of 2013 Graduate. Johlie is now the Prom Bring It Director of Operations. Her counterpart Jay “The Rock Star” Rodrigues, a well-loved local hero and who I considered my spirit child, tragically passed away almost two years ago in a motorcycle accident. We continue this work in his spirit.
We cannot allow coronavirus to stop us from continuing the tradition of bringing joy to our community. WE DON’T THINK SO! One of the major impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has been that many young people who were preparing to attend their first prom or celebrate graduating high school won’t be able to in the way they were planning to. This time marks a major transition and milestone for our teens. We worked with many families throughout the year whose children were looking forward to these pivotal moments in their lives, only to find that they sadly would not come to fruition.
We want to do something to address this. Our community is the primary motivation for Prom Bring It to develop and host an all-inclusive after Corona Prom Celebration. This event will allow anyone who had anything to celebrate that was interrupted due to COVID-19 the opportunity to do so.
We will continue to collect gently used formal wear. We will be reaching out to our sponsors, partners, vendors, officials, non-profits, churches, businesses, schools, families and friends to attempt to make this event successful and bring it to realization. We’ll continue to monitor the evolving situation and host the celebration once it is safe to do so. There is a need for some positivity after all of this distance and adversity and we believe our celebration will provide this.
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