826CHI Prom: Support Community Writing Programs with Sci-Fi Themed Party

Wicker Park’s nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center is hosting its annual prom fundraiser April 26 in Lincoln Park. The theme this year is "Prom 9 From Outer Space."

Photo provided by 826CHI
Photo provided by 826CHI

826CHI, Wicker Park’s nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center for Chicago students ages 6-18, presents “Prom 9 From Outer Space,” its annual Prom fundraiser. 

The event is at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the St. Vincent de Paul Center Gymnasium, 2145 N. Halsted St. Tickets are $55, and all are welcome.

Go to the 826CHI website for tickets and more information.

“Prom at 826CHI has such a distinct Chicago following. It’s considered by many to be one of the city’s must-do events each year,” executive director Barry A. Benson said. “We’re thrilled with the capacity crowd that Prom always draws—and for the attention it brings to our unique and wonderful programs. “

Past Prom themes include:

  • Prom Hanks (in which guests arrived dressed as people/things from Tom Hanks movies);
  • Promdotcom.biz (a glorious celebration of Internet memes); and 
  • Promic-Con (a tribute to comic fandoms). 
In the spirit of celebrating the B-movie universe, guests are encouraged to arrive at Prom 9 dressed in costumes inspired by outer space as a (black) whole, whether as a character from “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” a supernova, a space-alien slayer or a reference to another low-budget sci-fi film.

Secondhand formal-wear is a perfectly acceptable alternative to those who elect not to come in alien headgear.

A ticket to Prom 9 grants access to a silent auction, raffle, photobooth, DJ, costume contest, bottomless cups of craft beer and wine and dancing. All proceeds from Prom 9 help keep 826CHI’s programs completely free to thousands of Chicago’s youth.

About 826CHI

826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 

With this in mind, 826 provides drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners and assistance with student publications. All programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently and in his or her individual voice.

This post was provided by 826CHI.


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