Prom dream comes true for homeless teens
It's supposed to be one of the most magical nights in a teen's life: prom. But some never get to experience it. Take the Cake of Maplewood, New Jersey wanted to change that, and they did it in a big way.
The nonprofit is known for throwing birthday parties, but on Friday night, co-founders Janine Territo and Laura Himmelein held a prom for young adults battling homelessness at Covenant House in Newark.
Covenant House is a place where people between the ages of 18-21 go in time of crisis. Residents are offered food, medical attention, clothing, and shelter.
The two started planning back in February and received everything they needed via donations.
They collected hundreds of dresses and had beauty teams to provide the girls with hair and makeup. They started preparations at 10 a.m. and worked right up until the event started at 6 p.m.
Now prom is known as a big night for the ladies, but as excited as the girls were, so were the boys.
About 75 people attended and the room was transformed. There was everything one would expect at a prom, and maybe more.
Laura and Janine passed out corsages and boutonnières upon everyone's arrival and they were off to the red carpet. There were balloon artists, a photo booth, a DJ and tons of food.
Take the Cake has events year-round. If you'd like to help you can visit: http://www.take-the-cake.org/