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Urban Mission planning ‘Prom Extravaganza’ March 28

PROM PLANNING — Tiffany Beckwith, community engagement director for Urban Mission Ministries, checks out a gown donated for the mission’s first-time Ties & Tiaras Prom Extravaganza, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 28 at the mission’s Seventh Street Plaza location. It will provide prom attire and related items for boys and girls with donations now being accepted. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — As the mother of daughters, Tiffany Beckwith understands how prom time can be an expensive proposition.

And that’s why she’s enthusiastic about a project she’s working on in her capacity as community engagement director for Urban Mission Ministries.

Urban Mission’s Ties & Tiaras Prom Extravaganza will help area teens — boys and girls — get ready for their high school proms without financial worries.

The free event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 28 at the mission’s Seventh Street Plaza in downtown Steubenville.

“I have a fantastic idea just due to the need of some of our youth to be able to go to the prom feeling like royalty,” Beckwith said. “We wanted to create an opportunity for both guys and girls to go to the promo fully equipped with a dress, shoes, handbag, guys with a tux shirt, jewelry, bow tie, shoes, whatever, so whenever they go to prom, they don’t have to worry about anything other than getting in,” she said.

“They can enjoy the experience without the expense,” she said of the event where students must be on hand to receive the free items.

While the mission already has received some things, the collection process is on with donations of gowns, jewelry, handbags, shawls, shoes, tux shirts, bow ties, hair accessories and other prom-related items now being accepted. They can be brought to the War Memorial Building at 423 North St.

Teens will be able to try on the clothing items before making their selections, and Beckwith plans to have a runway set up as well.

“We’re calling for models who would like to participate, guys and girls, in modeling the dresses and suits so it will be fun,” she said.

In addition to clothing and other prom-related items being donated, Beckwith hopes to generate certificates for hair, makeup and nail sessions that could be part of door prize drawings for students who register at the event.

“I am so excited about this event — really excited,” Beckwith said. “I have daughters, and I know the expense that goes into prom and just being able to enter into a season with excitement instead of dread, I’m really excited to provide that for other parents as well,” she added.

“I think it’s important to remember the mission of the Urban Mission is to listen with compassion and serve with love, so this is one way of reaching our teens, our youth,” she said. “A lot of our programs reach adults and hunger needs, but this is a way to reach our youth with the love of God, just providing that special dress or outfit for them to be able to enjoy.”

“This this is another way just to reach out and connect with the youth,” she added.

Questions about the extravaganza and how to donate can be directed to Beckwith at (740) 282-8010 or tbeckwith@urbanmission.org.

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