MINERAL WELLS - A desire to dress up and have a good time is mushrooming into something bigger.
Staci Morgan, 26, of Parkersburg came up with the idea of holding the Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Prom this spring.
"I wanted to have fun and for everyone to have fun," Morgan said. "It's fun to dress up."
Stephanie DeBerry, left, and Staci Morgan, right, planned the Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Prom in Mineral Wells.
Morgan got the word out among her friends and through Facebook about her plans.
Before she knew it, all but two of the 160 tickets had been sold for the prom held April 13 at the Comfort Suites in Mineral Wells.
Now, Morgan is looking for a larger venue to host the next Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Prom, probably in March, and wants to dedicate some of the proceeds to the Boundless Playground project at City Park, sponsored by the Junior League of Parkersburg.
Prom participants gave the money from a 50/50 raffle along with other donations, totaling $330, to a woman who has terminal cancer, Morgan said.
Prom attendees, ranging in age from 20 to 65 or 70 years old, dressed up in formal attire.
With a theme of "Masquerade Under the Stars," the prom ran from 6 p.m. to midnight.
There aren't many opportunities in the area to dress up for formal events, Morgan said, as one reason for having a prom.
A ticket to this prom cost $16.
"I lost money, but that's OK," Morgan said. "We'll charge more next year."
The prom group plans to hold fundraisers to help keep the cost down and donate more money to charities.
Renee Turner at Sinfully Wicked Truffles and Brownies catered the event with desserts. Michele Coleman Photography did the prom portraits. DJ CRS at Premier Productions (Chris Wilson) played the music.
"We had a flash mob do the Thriller dance," Morgan said. "It was fantastic."
There was a cash bar and a balloon arch.
Prom pictures are posted on the Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Prom Facebook page.
Stephanie DeBerry of Parkersburg helped Morgan plan the prom and obtained the supplies.
DeBerry said the adult prom meant a lot to people.
"It was a great idea," DeBerry said. "We didn't know many of the people at the prom," but it didn't matter. "It was awesome."
Helping with the prom was fun, DeBerry said, because she loves to host parties and decorate for them.
DeBerry said she is looking forward to next year's adult prom because she wants to raise money for the City Park playground project.
Morgan said she enjoyed attending the prom her senior year at Warren High School in 2005 and wanted to relive that moment with her husband, Andrew.
"I just wanted to create an event for people to look forward to each year and if we are able to help a person or charity while doing it, that makes it all the better," Morgan said.