CAP ‘Adult Prom’ raises thousands for child abuse prevention

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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 or 812-379-5712.