Take a second chance at prom to support local charities

Josephine’s 2nd Chance Prom donating proceeds to Camp to Belong of Washington and The Coffee Oasis.

BREMERTON — Thanks to Josephine’s Redeemed Revival vintage market owner Samantha Smith, you get a second chance — no matter your age — to experience one of a high schooler’s top events: the prom.

Josephine’s 2nd Chance Prom, named after her store and grandmother, is at 7 p.m. March 3 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

“I think a lot of people always see these fun dresses and would love to have a reason to go out, get dressed up and have fun,” Smith said.

“I’ve had a huge response: ‘I never went to prom with my (spouse).’ ‘I never went to prom at all.’ ‘I loved prom and want to go again.’ And for some people, it’s nostalgia.”

Tickets are $25 and include entry, a drink ticket, light food and prom-style photo sessions with a professional photographer. There will also be a raffle awarding donated prizes.

The proceeds will go to Camp to Belong of Washington and The Coffee Oasis.

“It’s fun to have fun,” Smith said, “but it’s also fun to raise funds.”

She said she chose those two charities because she believes in the importance of their mission.

Camp to Belong is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit “dedicated to reuniting brothers and sisters who have become separated in foster care through a week of camp in the summer and other events throughout the year,” according to the website, camptobelong.org.

The Coffee Oasis, also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has a mission of “changing the world for homeless youth in one community after another through evidence-based youth programs supported by sustainable coffee businesses,” according to its website, thecoffeeoasis.com.

“I wanted to choose two charities every year,” Smith said. “I think those two are very good.”

She said if she keeps doing the prom — which she hopes to do — she may choose two different charities each year.

“Both of them do a lot of summer camp programs and we’re coming up on that time,” Smith said.

“I think it’s a great time to help raise funds.”

Smith said it’s also a great time for the Kitsap community to “celebrate together.”

“It’s a time as a community to get together, celebrate, enjoy great music, food and drinks and raise money for great charities.

“It’ll be all ages and demographics,” she said.

“It will be a culmination of different people in the community coming together and celebrating.”

She said some people plan to come dressed in themed clothes: the ‘50s, the ‘80s, etc. Others will come in regular dressy clothes, others all decked out in prom attire.

The Doo Wop Project will perform for the first 90 minutes and play music from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

After they’re finished, Smith said there are plans for a dance-off, followed by a DJ playing music from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and now.

“We’re going to kind of go through the decades,” Smith said.

She’s hoping for 500 attendees (that’s the maximum), in order to raise as much money as possible for the charities.

Tickets are available for $25 by searching for “Josephine’s 2nd Chance Prom” at brownpapertickets.com, by visiting Josephine’s Redeemed Boutique at 1961 Bay St., Port Orchard, or, if tickets still remain, at the door the night of the event. Smith advises buying tickets in advance.

There is also an opportunity to sponsor a table for $300. Sponsorship includes 10 tickets, a reserved table near the dance floor and recognition as a sponsor on the event page on Facebook and in promotional material.

Josephine’s Redeemed Revival, incidentally, will evolve into Josephine’s Mercantile when it opens at a new downtown location at 701 Bay St. (the former location of the Port Orchard Pavilion).

Learn more about Josephine’s 2nd Chance Prom at goo.gl/5Qkghq.

Michelle Beahm is the online editor for the Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at mbeahm@soundpublishing.com.