These three moms are carrying out their idea of an adult prom to raise money for after-school care for youth in need. From left: Valerie Gipe, Jana Henney and Leah Meinika.

COLUMBIA CITY — Want to relive your high school days? There’s just the event for you this weekend in Columbia City.

The inaugural Adult Prom at The Van Buren event center, 301 W. Van Buren St., is 7-11 p.m. for adults ages 21 and older.

A group of moms came up with the idea of the Adult Prom to help fill a need in the community — providing scholarships for after-school care for at-risk youth in the community.

“We are just a group of moms who heard about this need in our community and we wanted to do something about it,” Valerie Gipe, prom committee member, said. “These little guys are our future and they don’t always have a voice of their own to ask for help.”

After-school care provides a safe, nurturing, educational and stabilizing routine for children who otherwise are regularly going home to no parents or unqualified caretakers in dangerous situations.

“No parent wants their kid to come home to that, but these parents have to keep a job and sometimes don’t have a choice,” Gipe said. “This is where we can step up and serve our neighbors in a tangible way.”

Prom committee members are spending money out of their own pocket to put on the event, so all ticket sales can go toward the cause. In addition, there are several local businesses joining to help with the evening.

Chapman’s Brewery is offering drink specials to anyone who wants to stop in before the prom. Downtown on the Square has a dinner special for groups that want to participate in a pre-prom dinner. The Cake Lady is donating cookies for guests to snack on during the event. Ace Hardware is donating its popcorn machine.

Tim Lude is the volunteer D.J. Catie Crance is donating the dance floor. Angie Dillon is the volunteer bar tender. Maddie Butterfield Organization + Design helped with the decor plan. Chable Johnson is donating 10 floral centerpieces to decorate the tables.

There will also be a silent auction to raise additional funds, with donations from Spring Green, Valerie Joy Photography, Addie Hicks, LMT massage and more.

Tickets are $20 each and are on sale at STAR Bank and the Whitley County Family YMCA. More information can be found in the event on Facebook.