CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A crucial event to help fund the 2015 "Evening of Believing Prom" will be held Thursday, June 11 at the Johnson Mansion at 1800 Queens Road West in Charlotte.
The Sandbox, a non-profit organization, will hold its 5th prom for kids fighting cancer or who have life-altering illnesses in September.
These are kids of all ages who otherwise might not be able to attend their own prom. Thursday's Kick-Off Party is $25 at the door. They'll have food, entertainment, prizes and a silent auction. Money raised at this event is critical to pay for the "honorees," as the attendants are called, to enjoy the prom.
Honorees are treated to an evening where they can leave worries about their health challenges behind and just be free to feel fancy in their tuxes and gowns and enjoy a magical night. The "Evening of Believing Prom" takes a lot of work from the small staff at The Sandbox, as well as countless community volunteers. But of course funds are also crucial to make such an important night come together.
Every year The Sandbox pairs a youth mentor with an honoree. This is an important relationship throughout the months leading up to, and the night of the prom. The 2015 youth mentor class will be introduced at Thursday's Kick-Off Party. It will also be a chance for supporters to meet the families The Sandbox helps throughout the year.
The Sandbox was created to relieve families of children fighting cancer or life-altering illnesses of the burdens of everyday life. As you can imagine, juggling doctors' appointments and hospital visits is a challenge. The Sandbox tries to help families continue to function and feel supported, knowing they're not alone through such trying times.