Marco Island Historical Society: Night at the Prom fundraiser promies to delight and entertain

Hardly a person in this country can hear the words, “A Night at the Prom,” without feeling at least a pang of nostalgia.

A cultural right of passage, prom evokes memories of boutonnieres, slow dances and tender teenage moments.

Who wouldn’t want to relive that fabled night?

Fans of the Marco Island Historical Society are invited to do exactly that at the museum’s first fundraising gala.

“This is new this year, it’s a gala fundraiser for the Marco Island Historical Society’s endowment fund,” says Lori Wagner, manager of the Rose History Auditorium and the museum gift shop, adding, “And who doesn’t love the prom?”

The museum’s event committee has worked tirelessly to make this event exactly like the prom from your youth. The whole evening will be set to the sounds of local doo-wop band the Uptown Express, and outside the building a pink Cadillac will be parked, presenting a perfect photo-op.

“The father of one of our board members, Lisa Marciano, is in a local doo-wop band, the Uptown Express. She mentioned it during a planning meeting and we all loved the idea of having them. They perform all over and they’re always rockin’ and rolling,” gushed Wagner.

Besides dancing, the nearly sold out event will include a buffet dinner, a cocktail hour on the museum’s simulated shell mound and a live auction featuring art from local artists.

For Phyllis Pransky, one of the artists whose work will be part of the auction, deciding to donate a piece of her artwork was easy.

“The building is beautiful, the organization is wonderful and I really feel it enhances the culture of the island substantially,” said Pransky, who has called Marco Island home for the last 22 years. Pransky adds, “Marco Island really is ready for a big cultural development, and the museum will be one of the strongest points for helping the island grow its culture.”

For the local artist, who refers to herself a “die-hard oil painter,” the more than 190 hours of work that went into the piece she’s donating are hours well spent.

“I just hope it brings a good price, and that the museum benefits from it,” says Pransky.

Luckily, the group has booked local volunteer auctioneer Chris Lombardo to run the evening’s auction. With Lombardo’s auction prowess in full swing, surely all of the auction items, including Pransky’s, will bring in the big bucks.

But no matter how fun (or lucrative) the live auction will be, we all know that the real highlight of the night will be the dancing.

“We’re just looking for it to be a fun, festive evening,” said event organizer Wagner, adding, “We want people to just dance until their shoes fall off!”

If you go

What: A Night At The Prom, benefitting the Marco Island Historical Society

When: Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Rose History Auditorium, Marco Island

Details: Tickets are $75 a person and available at the museum’s gift shop.

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