CAP ‘Adult Prom’ raises thousands for child abuse prevention

Members of the prom court for the Child Abuse Prevention Adult Prom. Photo provided

The Child Abuse Prevention Adult Prom was only a concept in the mind of this year’s prom queen four years ago.

But now, after the 2016 prom last month drew a sellout crowd and nearly doubled the 2015 fundraising total, Casey Boilanger said she always knew her vision for the formal fundraising event would one day leave a significant mark on the Columbus community.

Amid a carnival-themed formal affair complete with food, music and fancy outfits, a crowd of more than 600 adults gathered in The Commons on April 23 to relive the proms of their high school days. The event raised $70,380 for Family Service Inc.’s child abuse prevention program.

That’s compared to the $37,305 that was raised last year, said Julie Miller, Family Service executive director.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.