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A Second Chance

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Flying Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio team at Second Chance Prom

Flying Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio team at Second Chance Prom

Flying Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio team at Second Chance Prom

Abigail Hurtt, Staff Writer

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Playing cards hung from the ceiling seem to hover in midair. Mushrooms made from umbrellas and extravagant arrangements of colorful flowers give the enormous room the feel of a cartoon. Alices, mad hatters, and queens of hearts wander around in a dreamlike state, and performers on silks dangle precariously many feet above the ground. Warm fairy lights strung all around the room perfectly juxtapose the otherwise loud, eccentric decor.

Recently, I attended a very unique event in Amarillo called Second Chance Prom. Each year, Martha’s Home puts on a prom for adults who never got to attend their own prom or simply want a redo. This year’s theme was Alice and Wonderland and people wholeheartedly embraced it. For $45, attendees gain access to great food provided by restaurants like Pescaraz and My Thai, live music by Velvet Funk Band and Amarillo’s Jason Patrick, and a chance to win big in the silent auction. All proceeds benefit Martha’s Home and go towards providing shelter and support for Amarillo women who are in desperate need of a second chance.

I attended the prom with Flying Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio, where I attend aerial silk classes. One of the highlights of the night was the aerial silks performance, and I had the chance to help out with it. While I myself did not perform, I helped out the studio by doing the performers’ makeup.

Live music, great food, and a stellar performance by my aerial silks group made the night very memorable. In a way, it gave me a second chance at prom too, while being a rewarding experience. I would recommend this event because you are guaranteed to have a great time while donating to a worthwhile cause and helping those less fortunate get their second chance.

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