Thursday, May 12, 2022

Mom Prom

Moms donate to developmental program

Moms always know best and those who attended the recent Mom Prom in Canton Township proved it with a large donation to the Canton Therapeutic Recreation Program.

The program provides adaptive recreation experiences to a wide range of participants with disabilities from ages 8 to adult, welcomed the $4,400 donation generated at the Mom Prom, a charity event in which women don their old prom gowns or bridesmaids dresses and dance the night away for a worthy cause.

“We couldn't be more appreciative of the Mom Prom's generous decision to donate funds from their most recent Canton prom to our Therapeutic Recreation Program,” said Jennifer Girard, recreation specialist. “Our inclusive program continues to provide year-round opportunities for youth and adults with challenges to acquire life skills that can help them function and enjoy experiences that would otherwise not be accessible to them.” 

The first Mom Prom was founded in 2006 at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church in Canton by Betsy Crapps who has since taken this fundraising event nationwide, where women are invited to a 'ladies' night out' in their local communities that will benefit an area charity.  Mom Proms feature dancing, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, special raffle prize drawings, plus fun contests including the 'Tackiest Dress' and 'Aqua Net Contest' for the best hair in the room.  In addition, a fun game is typically played to determine who will be crowned Prom Queen. Each year, hundreds of Mom Proms take place across the U.S. all to raise funds for a worthy cause. To learn more about Mom Proms, visit 

The Canton Therapeutic Recreation program has served more than 240 families with individuals who qualify for these unique adaptive services. Therapeutic Recreation accommodations typically include individualized techniques and resources that enhance participation by individuals who are unable to accomplish tasks on their own, without fundamentally altering a program. These inclusive opportunities are available to residents of Western Wayne County with a wide range of disabilities and impairments. Programming has grown dramatically over the last 15 years and focuses on promoting the development of fine and gross motor skills, health and wellness, social interactions, and independence within the community. 

For more information about the Canton Therapeutic Recreation Program, visit or call (734) 394-5460.