CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - We just got word from the non-profit organization The Sandbox they are moving this Friday's An Evening of Believing Prom to a different venue out of uptown Charlotte.
Prom is a night where hundreds of kids and young adults with cancer, or other life-altering illnesses, get to forget about their disease and enjoy a very special night out. The event was scheduled for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. With the potential for marches with Charlotte currently under a state of emergency, the organization is moving prom to Embassy Suites in Concord.
"At The Sandbox, our mission is to lock arms with the community to support families very challenging times. Our main goal at this event is to offer our honorees an unforgettable and fun night on the town – a night where everything else takes a back seat," said Mara Campolungo Executive Director of The Sandbox.
"This past week was a difficult one for the city of Charlotte. Our hearts go out to the families who have been impacted by the week's events. We are praying for peace and unity for our city. With that said, after prayerful consideration and to ensure your safety, we have decided to move An Evening of Believing Prom to the Embassy Suites at 5400 John Q Hammons Drive NW in Concord," Campolungo explained.
The timeline for the event will remain the same. But they are looking for more volunteers to act as paparazzi as the honorees arrive at Embassy Suites.
I've been a part of the event for several years now and know the presence of the people who line the red carpet really makes the kids feel special.
Campolungo went on to thank the NASCAR Hall of Fame for being an incredible partner with The Sandbox.
"We are so thankful for their team, and we look forward to being able to host future events there. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictability surrounding Uptown Charlotte in recent days, we feel this will be our best option to ensure a safe and fun event for everyone," Campolungo said.
If you are interested in being a member of the paparazzi Friday night for An Evening of Believing Prom, click here for the details to sign up.