Adult Prom Night raises money for Toledo charities

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Think corsages, fancy gowns, tuxs and dancing. That might remind you of your high school prom experience. A new Toledo nonprofit threw its own version of prom Saturday.

About a dozen Toledo friends got together to start a new nonprofit. It's called Truly Toledo and what they are all about is raising money for local charities in unique ways.

Tulle and sequins galore! It's Prom Night with a grown up twist.

"There's a lot of fundraisers in this city and they all kind of follow a very tried and true formula. So, we just really wanted to do something different," said Jessica Lavalley from Truly Toledo.

No Prom King and Queen, the royalty at One SeaGate Saturday was five local charities.

"There are so many organizations in this city and you know that was one of our priorities was we wanted them to be local organizations, not part of a national organization or a chapter of something. We really wanted them to focus on raising funds for organizations that are here in Toledo," said Lavalley.

Here's how it works: Each ticket-holder chose their favorite organization and the one with the most votes walked away with 50 percent of the proceeds. The big winner Saturday was Toledo Hear Care Connection. Tens of thousands was also raised for Mom's House, Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, Racing for Recovery and Toledo Opera.

"Born and raised here. I love it. Anything that supports other Toledo people, I'm all for it," said Cailey Walkup who attended the Prom.

Plus, it's a good excuse for a girl's night out.

"I was really excited because I don't get to dress up ever. So, this was really fun," said Walkup.

As one of the founders of Truly Toledo, Lavalley feels this Prom is all about showcasing all the Glass City has to offer.

"Just a group of Toledoans who love being Toledoans. Love the vibe that's going on in the city right now, the revitalization and energy going on," she said.