“We have always wanted to collaborate with other Houstonrestaurants and retailers to create an amazing and unforgettable experience for the teens at MD Anderson,” states Thomas Nguyen, co-owner of Peli Peli. “Those kids have endured so much hardship and some have not been able to participate in regular school events, so our goal is to give them the most spectacular prom possible.”
Support from the Houston community for the inaugural “Prom Party Palooza” has been overwhelming. Houstonia Magazine is the media sponsor and Lily Jang (KHOU Channel 11) and Andy Cerota (KPRC Channel 2) have agreed to be the co-masters of ceremonies. Several popular Houston restaurants including theTasting Room, Taste of Texas, Peli Peli, Holley’s Seafood Restaurant, Kuu, recent “Chopped” winner Shannen Tune (Craft Burger Food Truck), Roostar Vietnamese Grill and Fluff Bake Barhave agreed to volunteer and provide catering for the event.
Entertainment for the prom will be provided by award-winning 80’s cover band, Molly & the Ringwalds, along with DJ’s Johnny “JKB” Nguyen and John “Johnny Mac” McLaughlin, who will perform in the main prom room. Orbit, the Astro’s mascot, will make an appearance in the kid’s area. Hair, make-up and jewelry will be done by Pageboy and Kendra Scott, and Al’s Formal Wearwill provide tuxedos to all of the boys. The girls will be able to select from a closet of over 200 donated dresses. Lighting, photography, videography and photobooth will be provided byYogi G Productions, PXLS Studio, Zone 6 Video and BoothRus, respectively.
More than 100 volunteers have signed up to assist with the tuxedo and dress fittings, in addition to the actual prom day on April 30th. This event is not open to the public.