Young Professionals Group hosts inaugural signature fundraiser and raises over $32,000 at prom-themed soiree. Big Prom crowns fundraisers, children are the real winners
“The Big Prom: Benefiting Little Graduates” hosted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Young Professionals Group was a smashing new event reminiscent of the typical high school dance experience, revamped to allow Houston-area young professionals the opportunity to recreate their prom to make sure it is the best night of their lives. The inaugural fundraiser, held on Saturday, February 25 at the luxurious pool deck and lounge at the Alexan Yale Street apartments, celebrated the nonprofit’s mission of helping children fulfill their full potential and graduate from high school with the support of an uplifting and encouraging adult mentor carefully placed in their life by a team of professional staff.
Guests danced under the stars to throwback tunes by LG Entertainment, cuddled for prom poses and showed off their corsages at Shutterbooth, sipped local Saint Arnold beer and a spiked prom punch, and were treated to lite bites by Anejo and The Tasting Room, bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cake, and a late-night pizza delivery from Frank’s.
True to any prom, BBBS crowned a Prom King, Queen, and Court. Instead of voting for popularity, these honors were designated to the highest fundraisers leading up to the event via personal online donation pages. Prom King was awarded to Grant Inman, Prom Court to Michael Clinton on behalf of Houston Young Lawyers Association, and after a close competition the coveted Prom Queen title went to Brittany Metcalf who raised over $6,000 for the nonprofit.
During a brief program, a powerful video showcased former Little Sister Danielle Daniels sharing how her Big Sister Penny helped her get ready for her prom and for her entire life.Danielle, present in the audience and a successful young professional herself, introduced Pierce Bush, BBBS CEO and grandson of George H.W. Bush, who enlightened the audience about the need for mentoring and thanked and invited guests to participate in the mission.
The Big Prom was chaired by Alex Dailey and Alston Edwards and supported by a dedicated host committee as well as the BBBS Young Professionals Group Board. The event raised a total of $31,238 towards helping to ensure more children from a waiting list of over 800 are matched with a positive mentor who will help enrich their life and encourage them to reach their highest potential through educational motivation, fun adventures, and overall, a safe and stable relationship. Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters surpassed 2,000 children served, a milestone that had not been reached since 2010. Over 98% of children paired with a mentor for at least 6 months graduated to the next grade level or high school and stayed out of the juvenile justice system.
Big Brothers Big Sisters teamed up with several sponsors and partners who made the event possible: David Buckley Law Firm, Alexan Yale Street, Sidley Austin LLP, Manon and Matt Kebodeaux, Vidrio Inspired Productions, LG Entertainment, Anejo, The Tasting Room, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, RETORO Films, Shutterbooth, Nothing Bundt Cakes, CITGO, Ryan and Jessica McCauley, Earl and Denise Dailey, Ivy Richards Art, Stephanie and Camila, Houston Young Lawyers Association
Prom Host Committee: Ricardo Amell, Michael Clinton, Christina Forgetta, Grant Inman, Izyan Ishak, Shannyn Piper, Cindy Rodriguez, Katie St. Pierre, Emily Tonn
Young Professionals Group Board: Stephanie Abt (Chair), Scott Dailey, Andrew Flaniken, Mary Isensee, Yvonne Juarez, Brittany Metcalf, Nicole Mireles, Jonathan Philibert, Ivy Richards