DNA Awards Gala Goes “Prom Time”

Don your tuxes and gowns, tighten up your garters and cufflinks and pin on your date’s corsage or boutonnière. We’re taking downtown Elgin from prime time to “Prom time”!

The Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Annual Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, October 11 from 6-9PM at the Grand Victoria Casino’s Fox River Room. The event is our opportunity to recognize the individuals, businesses and organizations from the community that make downtown Elgin a great place to live, work and enjoy. The DNA Awards Gala is not only our organization’s largest annual fundraiser but one of the biggest formal parties of the year in downtown Elgin! Did we say formal?

This year all of our Gala guests will be encouraged to dress in formal prom attire. We’ll even select a best dressed Prom King and Queen complete with prom court at the end of the night. For you prom fashionistas, you can even select whichever generation of prom you’d like to represent.

– Like the mustard yellow, ruffled tuxedo shirt with powder blue leisure suit jacket look of the 1970’s?
– How about the classic elegance of a Marilyn Monroe inspired wiggle dress of the 1950’s?
– Or maybe the signature puffyness of a 1980’s prom dress?

If you can pull off the look, you can wear it to our prom! Best of all, if you don’t have a prom dress we can help with that as well.

This year, the DNA is partnering with the YWCA Elgin on promoting their annual Cindy’s Super Sale event in the fall. A couple of weeks prior to the Gala, guests will be able to browse and shop for hundreds of prom dresses of all shapes, styles and sizes at rock bottom prices. There may even be a pre-Gala fashion show and other fun tie-ins so stay tuned as more details become available!

There will also be other prom-tastic activities including prom pictures, dancing to all your favorite prom tunes from over the years, and even a yearbook photo wall to see if you can guess which Elginites captained the football team, made the honor roll or were voted most likely to succeed.

As part of our fundraising efforts, the DNA is also selling 50/50 Awards Gala raffle tickets for $10 each. Although we would love to see you in attendance at the Gala, winners need not be present. The prize split is as follows:

1st Prize – 25% of the pot
2nd Prize – 15% of the pot
3rd Prize – 10% of the pot

To purchase your 50/50 Gala raffle tickets online, visit our DNA Gala Raffle Ticket Order Form.

Whether you bring your favorite prom date or just go stag, come have a ball and join us in celebrating downtown’s biggest and brightest stars on a Prom night to remember in our beautiful downtown at the 2012 DNA Awards Gala.

Tickets for the 2012 DNA Awards Gala are scheduled to go on sale Friday, August 10. Invites will be sent out to all current DNA members as well as 2011 Gala attendees. As always, DNA members receive a discounted rate on individual Gala tickets and sponsored tables. If you would like to be added to our Gala invite list, please e-mail DNA at downtownelgin@gmail.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about Gala sponsorships, please contact DNA Promotions Coordinator Jason Pawlowski at (847) 488-1456 or visit our DNA Event Sponsorship Page.