Fall “Prom Time” Line-Up in Downtown Elgin

Don your tuxes and gowns, tighten up your garters and cufflinks and pin on your date’s corsage or boutonnière. This fall the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin is taking downtown Elgin from prime time to “Prom Time”!


Beginning in late September, Elginites may notice prom popping up all over downtown Elgin. That’s because the DNA, in conjunction with its community partners YWCA Elgin and Elgin Junior Service Board, are teaming up on a community wide promotion entitled Pop Up Prom.

Several downtown storefront windows will look 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 at YWCA Elgin, 220 E. Chicago Street.


Part flash mob, part fashion show and all great fun! Beginning at 6PM on Thursday, September 20, fashion models from the Elgin Junior Service Board will gather in DuPage Court for the Progressive Prom Fashion Walk – a high energy, impromptu fashion walk around town. Models will be “Gala-vanting” around downtown streets and inside various businesses showcasing the breathtaking fashions available at YWCA Elgin’s Cindy’s Super Sale event on Saturday, September 29. For more info about Cindy’s Super Sale, visit www.YWCAElgin.org.


At 6:30PM, the Progressive Prom Fashion Walk then converges upon Villa Verone for the DNA’s Elgin Non-Profit of the Week (ENPOW) Prom-tastic Party and Fundraiser. Guests will enjoy fab formal frocks, free apps, fantastic karaoke, fancy-free dancing and fun with friends. The DNA will also officially welcome and celebrate its new Managing Director Jason Pawlowski.

Volunteers will register guests for the DNA Prom Time Awards Gala on Thursday, October 11 at the Grand Victoria Casino, as well as, selling 50/50 Gala raffle tickets. Ladies in attendance can also find out more about purchasing THE dress for the DNA Gala at Cindy’s Super Sale.

It’s the exclusive pre-party before downtown Elgin’s biggest formal party of the year – the 2012 DNA Prom Time Awards Gala!


Need a dress for the holidays? Need a dress for the City of Elgin’s Nightmare on Chicago Street 2012 Miss Zombie Pageant? Need a gown just because you need a gown? This is the event for you!

Say Yes to a Dress for Less at the YWCA Elgin’s Cindy’s Super Sale on Saturday, September 29 from 10AM-2PM at YWCA Elgin, 220 E. Chicago Street. Open to women and girls of all ages, gowns and cocktail dresses will be available for a suggested $25 donation per garment. Choose from thousands of dresses, gowns and formal fashions.

For more information about the YWCA Elgin’s Cindy’s Super Sale, visit www.YWCAElgin.org.


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 the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year as well as its opportunity to recognize the individuals, businesses and organizations from the community that make downtown Elgin a great place to live, work and enjoy.

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.

Tickets for the DNA Prom Time Awards Gala are $65 each ($55 for DNA members) or reserve a Sponsored Table of 8 for $560 ($485 for DNA members). Interested parties can reserve their tickets now thru Tuesday, October 9 by calling DNA at (847) 488-1456 or online at www.DowntownElgin.com.


For any individuals interested in selling Gala 50/50 raffle tickets for $10 each, the DNA is now offering special sales incentives. Sell 25 raffle tickets and receive a free raffle ticket for yourself ($10 value). Sell 100 raffle tickets and receive a free seat at the Gala ($65 value).

Parties interested in selling Gala raffle tickets should contact DNA at (847) 488-1456. Ticket packets can be picked up Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM at DNA, 2 Douglas Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120.

For more information about the DNA Prom Time Awards Gala, Progressive Prom Fashion Walk, ENPOW Prom-Tastic Party & Fundraiser at Villa Verone or to reserve your tickets for the 2012 DNA Awards Gala on Thursday, October 11, visit www.DowntownElgin.com.