Seattle Mom Prom celebrates women and raises money for charity

Seattle is one of 90 cities hosting a Mom Prom. The event is Saturday, May 20, and benefits Perinatal Support Washington.

On Saturday, May 20, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center will be decked out in balloons, lights, and decorations. Attendees will be in glamorous gowns, wear their best hair and makeup and dance the night away.

But this isn’t a high school prom. It’s the Seattle Mom Prom.

Since 2010, women in the Seattle area have held a Mom Prom, an all-female dance party that benefits a local nonprofit organization. In addition to music and dancing, activities include free hair and makeup services, a candy bar, a photo booth, raffles, and a silent auction.

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Seattle Mom Prom

8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle; sold out, www.seattlemomprom.com

“There’s no male gaze, there’s no competition, there’s no performing perfection,” said organizer Myla Rugge of Redmond. It’s about “having the night off, being free of responsibility, and having fun.”

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Seattle isn’t the only city with a Mom Prom. According to Betsy Crapps, who organized the very first Mom Prom in 2007 in Canton, Michigan, there are 90 proms planned throughout the country.

“This was really my dream when we started this,” Crapps said. “I thought women around the country would have a blast with this. It’s amazing to have a dream and see it fulfilled.”

Rugge decided to start Seattle Mom Prom while rocking her son to sleep in 2008. She had been meeting other new mothers who were facing challenges of parenthood and wanted to do something to honor them.

“I had this deep sense that I wasn’t being appreciated for all the hard work I was doing,” Rugge said. “In that moment, I really wanted a party.”

After Rugge found a venue and a DJ, built a website, and researched charities to support, the first Seattle Mom Prom took…

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