Evansville Business Owner Offering 'Public Prom' at Garvin Park in May

Plans for a 'public prom' event at Garvin Park were approved for May 15 on Wednesday after an Evansville business owner thought of the idea as a way to offer students a chance to make up for experiences lost due to the pandemic.

Posted: Mar 17, 2021 4:09 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2021 5:19 PM

On Wednesday, a local business owner received approval to hold a high school prom in the park.

The Evansville City Board of Park Commissioners approved the event's plan on Wednesday, which allows up to 1,000 local students to attend the event after a number of school districts canceled prom for their second year in a row.

Harrison High School senior Daniel Irving is one of many students upset about prom getting canceled this year.

"Every high school usually has a prom every year -- it's like clockwork," Irving said. "And when we hear the bad news it's not going to come out or it's been canceled -- it's like we need to find another event to fill that time."

Irving isn't alone in the way he feels, which is why Kassy Lauer, owner of Paparazzi Glamour and Gowns, is stepping in to plan a public, outdoor prom event for students at Garvin Park on May 15, 2021.

"We've seen a lot of people who are seniors this year who missed their junior prom last year, and they are devastated by the idea of not having some kind of event to finish off their high school career," Lauer stated.

Lauer has already secured food truck vendors for the event and is working on obtaining sponsorships so the event remains free to the public.

The Evansville City Board of Park Commissioners approved the event, along with a SWIRCA event that will also be held at the park, during their Wednesday meeting.

"To be able to provide a prom for high school students-- honestly given the current situation -- honestly may or may not have one so again -- two worthwhile events our office supports," said Brian Holtz, Executive Director of Parks and Recreation.

In addition to the event approved Wednesday, several southwest Indiana parents are also teaming up to plan their own mini-prom events for their high school students.

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