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Adult Prom To Raise Money for Doula Scholarship Fund 

click to enlarge COURTESY OF HANDLE WITH LOVE VT
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Big hair, awkward slow dancing, hideous dresses — not everyone has fond memories of their high school prom. But there's a chance for a do-over at the end of the month. An Adult Prom at ArtsRiot in Burlington will raise money for the Handle With Love VT Doula Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based financial aid to families who want to hire a doula for birth or postpartum support. Research has shown that doula support during birth has many benefits, including fewer medical interventions and more positive feelings about the birth experience, says Handle With Love founder Francesca Arnoldy, a certified childbirth educator and doula with VT Birth Haven.

At the grown-up gala, a DJ will spin tunes from the '70s to'90s, and revelers are encouraged to dress as pop-culture icons from that era. Attendees can pile into a photo booth, enjoy mini cupcakes and kombucha-based cocktails, and vote for the best-dressed prom goer. A lucky raffle winner will go home with a gold and pink sapphire necklace from Von Bargen's Jewelry at the end of the night.

Why put on a prom? "It's a guaranteed good time for attendees," says Arnoldy. "Cheesy as it sounds, prom ensures the 'fun' in fundraising."

The Adult Prom benefitting the Handle With Love VT Doula Scholarship Fund takes place on Saturday, April 30, from 8:30-11:30 p.m. at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance at artsriot.com or at the venue, or for $30 at the door.

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