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‘Fancy Prom’ to benefit Nashua’s Gate City Community Gardens

Dust off those dress shoes and get ready for an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing, because Nashua’s first “Fancy Prom” is on the way.

Gate City Community Gardens is holding a formal dress fundraiser on Saturday that will benefit community garden initiatives in Nashua. ...

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Dust off those dress shoes and get ready for an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing, because Nashua’s first “Fancy Prom” is on the way.

Gate City Community Gardens is holding a formal dress fundraiser on Saturday that will benefit community garden initiatives in Nashua.

The event, which is being promoted by Nashua resident Paul Shea, takes inspiration from the “Fancy Friday” series of downtown fundraisers.

Like other “Fancy” events, the Fancy Prom will allow participants to don their best formalwear. It will feature all of the trappings of a high school prom, only this time around, no chaperones are required – the event is for adults 21 and older.

“We are very excited about this event, as we have been plotting a Prom blowout for some time!” Shea wrote. “Let’s make this a night to remember, and perhaps it will become an annual thing!”

Local disc jockey Mark Allen will provide the music for the evening. Photographer Mark Emile will be on hand to snap free photos, and dancers from Paper Moon Dance Studio are scheduled to give a ballroom dancing exhibition.

The event also will include a stuffed chicken dinner, a cash bar, a silent auction and door prize of free dancing lessons from Paper Moon valued at $175.

Other sponsors are M&C Clothing and Gifts, 650 Amherst St., and Fortin Gage Flowers & Gifts, 86 West Pearl St., which is offering a 10 percent discount on corsages and boutonnieres for people who mention the event.

A total of 80 tickets are available for the prom, which will take place from 6-11 p.m. at the Lafayette Athletic Club, 34 High St. Tickets are $30.

Proceeds will be used to help Gate City Community Gardens fund its next project. The nonprofit’s mission is to foster social engagement, public wellness, safer neighborhoods and environmental stewardship through gardening and educational programming, according to information provided by the group.

For tickets or more information, visit squareup.com/market/paul-shea/fancy-prom-to-benefit-gccg.

– JIM HADDADIN