'Mom Prom' to benefit The Mom's Network


For the women who kiss boo-boos, treat stains, cut the crusts off the bread and wipe runny noses: A dose of Dance Fever.

Mothers across the Walla Walla Valley are invited to attend "Mom Prom" this Friday at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose St.

Attendees are encouraged to dust off their old prom dresses for the event, which runs 7-11 p.m. and features dessert, music, no-host bar, raffle prizes and prom photos.

The local event is being organized by The Moms' Network and mirrors other Mom Proms taking place across the country Friday as fundraisers for charities.

In this case, proceeds from the event will help fund The Moms' Network's operating expenses, including printing, the operation of the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market booth, advertising and more, said Beth Swanson, founder of the local organization.

Men won't be turned away, Swanson said. However, the event is intended for women only.

"The vision for the event is a fun evening in a great gown for all women," she said.

"Your gown can be old, new, used, tacky, beautiful, long, short of big from the '80s like mine."

All who attend will receive a tiara upon entering the streamer- and balloon-adorned Elks Lodge.

"I am hearing wonderful stories of women who have pulled out their favorite or least favorite bridesmaid dress or even their wedding dress," Swanson said.

The cost is $10 and payable at the door. To learn more about The Moms' Network, visit: www.themomsnetworkww.com .


Wildhorse Resort & Casino celebrates a milestone in the construction of its new hotel this month.

The Mission, Ore., based destination will top off the 10-story hotel tower on which construction began last fall, according to an announcement.

"We are very excited to reach this milestone in construction," said CEO Gary George in a prepared statement. "Crews have been working nights and weekends to ensure the winter weather did not take us off schedule and this is a great indicator that we will be ready for guests come September as planned."

The outer shell of the 202-room building is being finalized.

Wildhorse plans to commemorate the "topping off" with a celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Chocolate cigars and top hats will be passed out. Drawings for cash prizes will take place every 30 minutes.

All areas of expansion are currently in full swing, the announcement said. The hotel tower was the first area to begin. That was followed by the expanded gaming area, new pool and, most recently, a five-screen cineplex.

The original vision for the latter was a four-screen theater with one 3D screen.

Operators instead opted for a larger five-screen theater with two 3D screens.

"We are in the entertainment business and want to make sure we are doing everything possible to give guests a number of options, whether it be what game you play or what movie you watch, having more options means we can entertain more people," George said in the release.

General contractor JE Dunn has led the project. More than 100 workers have been involved in the expansion, expected to wrap up Sept. 2.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.


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