One local resident is looking to help deserving graduates who otherwise might not be able to attend their proms.
La’Keia Williams of Southwest Philadelphia is the founder of the non-profit group “We Can Do Better.” She is hoping to help one couple overcome their prom challenge.
“What inspired me to start the organization was the fact that our children don’t have any activities to do, schools are being closed down, the school district stopped their summer school last year and that prompted me to do things for my community,” she said.
Williams beamed with excitement when talking about her prom challenge during an interview.
“I am so happy,” she said. “This event involves giving two seniors, one male and one female, what I call the ‘prom of a lifetime.’”
The contest is open to Philadelphia seniors expected to graduate this year. Entrants must write an essay on why they feel they should be chosen as a winner of the “Prom of a lifetime” challenge.
“I really wanted to have it for the children because I know that it’s [proms] costly,” Williams said. “A lot of children don’t even go on their prom because they can’t afford it.”
Williams said the essay could be of any length and is open to students, whether they are enrolled in public school, private or charter schools.
“It could be that you have problems in your home, that you don’t have anybody to support you or things of that nature,” said Williams about what she is looking for in the essays.
Williams wants to make sure the winner of the challenge has a real need.
“Just be truthful,” she said. “Be honest because I have a kind heart and if I have to take money out of my own pocket I will do that as well.”
Female winners of the “Prom of a Lifetime” essay contest will receive a prom dress designed by Lisa Walton of Lisa Walton Designs and the male winner will receive a tuxedo from Black Tie Tuxedo.
Both winners will be chauffeured to the prom by Joe’s Chauffer Services and have their photographs taken by ACP Studios and will receive a modeling package from Final Touch Model Agency, corsages by Old City Flowers and makeovers provided by Spa East.
Essays to the ‘Prom of a Lifetime’ essay contest can be e-mailed to: