Shining “Prom Time” Spotlight on Downtown Elgin

Don your tuxes and gowns, tighten up your garters and cufflinks and pin on your date’s corsage or boutonnière. This year 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 Gala is our organization’s largest fundraiser of the year as well as our opportunity to recognize the individuals, businesses and organizations from the community that make downtown Elgin a great place to live, work and enjoy.

Individual DNA Awards Gala tickets are $65 each ($55 for current DNA members) or reserve a Sponsored Table of 8 for $560 per table ($485 for current DNA members). Reserve your tickets now via our online Awards Gala Ticket Reservation Page.

The Gala will feature plenty of prom-tastic activities including prom photos, crowning of the best dressed Prom King and Queen and their court, dancing to all your favorite prom tunes from over the years, 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, and exclusive prom after parties in downtown Elgin establishments.

September Goes Prom Time!

Just after Labor Day, Elginites may notice prom popping up all over downtown Elgin. That’s because the DNA, in conjunction with the YWCA Elgin and Elgin Junior Service Board, are teaming up on a community wide promotion entitled Pop Up Prom. Several downtown storefront windows will be looking resplendent decorated in their finest prom regalia complete with mannequins dressed in unique prom fashions from over the years, courtesy of the YWCA’s Cindy’s Super Sale taking place on Saturday, September 29.

Then on Thursday, September 20, don’t miss out on our very own patented “Prom Mob” as fashion models will be “Gala-vanting” all over downtown showcasing unique prom fashions and styles in an impromptu outdoor fashion walk, culminating with a grand finale Prom Time! Fashion Show and Fundraiser at Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 13 Douglas Avenue, starting at 7PM. You may even see a Zombie pageant girl or two promoting the 2012 Miss Zombie Pageant – part of the City of Elgin’s Nightmare on Chicago Street event on Saturday, October 27.

If you are unable to attend this year’s Awards Gala, you can still support the DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts by Purchasing 50/50 Gala Raffle Tickets for $10 each. Winners need not be present. Our organization’s goal is to sell 10,000 raffle tickets which would mean our three winners would split a $50,000 prize! How’s that for a memorable prom night?

Gala Marketing Opportunities are also available. Please feel free to contact DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski at (847) 488-1456 or jpawlowski@downtownelgin.com with any inquiries about marketing opportunities. Custom packages are available.

Whether you bring a date or go stag, we invite you to join us at the 2012 DNA Awards Gala for the biggest formal party of the year in downtown Elgin!