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Retro Re-Prom Fundraiser Takes Guests Down Memory Lane

Most of us ​have daydreamed at some point about what it would be like to go back to high school. Recently, Boys Town Louisiana gave members of the local community a chance to pretend they could do just that, if only for a night.

Retro Re-Prom has been a well-loved fundraiser for the Louisiana site since its inception in 2011. As an adult prom, the event brings employees together with board members and donors to help further the Boys Town mission while dancing the night away in vintage-inspired attire.

This year, the team went all out in their planning, decorating down to the details. Held on Friday, November 6 at Il Mercato Hall, highlights of the night included a cocktail hour and hor d’oeuvres by local up-and-coming chef Joel Pondis.

“Everybody raved about the food!” said Darrell Johnson, Development Director and key planner for the event. Darrell also said the themed-cake, made by Royal Bakery, was perfect, with a jukebox made of frosting fondant and even a tiny decorative can of Aqua Net. A throwback playlist of crowd favorites was provided by DJ Rocky, a silent auction was held and local media outlets showed up to capture the excitement.

The speaker of the night was Ron Campbell, a previous Boys Town youth, who provided an inspiring account of the importance of Boys Town’s work in the world.

Each year, a group of prominent community members are nominated by the committee for the Boys Town homecoming court. Donations double as votes, giving donors the power to choose their king and queen. This year, the queen was Sonya Brown, a Boys Town alumna and current employee, along with Antwan Harris as the king, a local news anchor.

A good time was had by all, and the Boys Town mission gained more awareness and resources to continue doing good for children and families. Boys Town wishes to thank DJ Rocky, Il Mercato, John Dondis, Royal Bakery, the committee, and all members of the community who helped make this event the success it was!