Everyone deserves a second chance
Local Brigade pulls out prom dresses to benefit New Orleans
February 15, 2008
Going over the flier for Local Brigade’s Second Chance Prom, event organizer Nick Marzano admits the thought progression is a little off.
You’ve got “Local Brigade Presents” in its usual stencil font, and “Second Chance Prom” in bold pink lettering. Then there’s a red pump stomping a candy heart stamped with the event slogan, “Love Stinks.”
Actually, it’s pretty standard for the group that’s made a name uniting poor young Steamboaters in silliness – until you get to the bottom right corner, stamped with the logo for Relief Spark, a nonprofit that works for continuing hurricane relief in New Orleans.
“We had said that for the next event we do, we should try to make it matter more,” Marzano said, explaining that proceeds from tonight’s kitschy prom party will send a group of Soroco Middle School employees to do relief work in the Crescent City during their spring break.
Second Chance Prom doors open at 9 p.m. at Amante Coffee, with a suggested $10 donation. Any money raised that doesn’t go to travel costs to New Orleans will go directly to Relief Spark.
Because working in a school gives them an opportunity to take a vacation, Marzano and fellow organizer Stephanie Rio said they wanted to do something meaningful with it. Rio, a recent college graduate, spent her last few years in school going on alternative spring break service trips, and said helping others during her time off was a natural choice.
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Marzano said he wondered if people would be apprehensive to give to a disaster that happened two and a half years ago, but so far that hasn’t been a concern.
“Sometimes your hear about people giving to a disaster very abruptly, and then backing away from it, but my understanding of it is that that’s not a problem here,” he said.
Marzano hopes the prom theme encourages people to get involved.
There will be an area to pose for photos, and Amante will run its full bar. Marzano (as DJ vonFunk) and DJ School Graduate will provide ample turntable-induced nostalgia. Local businesses have donated raffle items, and local artist Jen Kolb will put a painting she’ll do during the event up for grabs. Local Brigade will even crown a king and queen who adhere to the “Love Stinks” theme.
“We’re hoping people will dress to the best of their abilities,” Marzano said.
“But if the best of their abilities is pajamas with a bow tie, we’re very happy with that.”