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The ruffles shook and the sequins shimmered as a packed dance floor sang and danced to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

From the Hollywood glamour theme to the crown, the party at Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn felt just like a high school prom on Saturday night -- right down to the humid dance floor.

A closer look revealed that the more than 200 ladies packing the room were not celebrating their high school milestone but were having a good time in the name of two local charities at the first Rapid City Mom Prom.

“It’s just for all of the women to get together, do an awesome thing for some charities that do awesome things for women, and just give back a little bit and have a good time,” said Destri Fagerland, a prom committee member.

The proceeds from the prom tickets benefited Love INC, a nonprofit group that brings about 40 churches in the area together to support those in need. A silent auction was also held during the dance, with all proceeds benefiting Working Against Violence, Inc. -- commonly referred to as WAVI.

“It’s just always awesome to see a group of women get together and help out other women that are in need,” Fagerland said. “We have these resources and time and money and stuff that we need to be able to give back, and we should give back.”

Friends Tina Rearick and Sara Lantz of Rapid City pulled their early 1990s prom dresses out of the closet for another spin around the dance floor.

With ruffles cascading off their shoulders, the pair danced and sang along with Madonna’s “Material Girl” under the multi-colored DJ lights. It looked like fun, which, as Rearick pointed out, was a big part of their ladies night out, and getting a little more use out of their out-of-date dresses was a plus, they said, joking.

Kathy Buelow, a receptionist at WAVI, boogied hard on the dance floor in a puffy 1980s-style, lace pink dress. She came to the prom with co-workers and was having a blast.

“I love to dress up,” Buelow said. “I love this kind of thing.”

She found the large turnout impressive.

“I think it’s phenomenal,” Buelow said. “I’m shocked. I had no idea it would draw this kind of crowd.”

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In Donna Norton’s mind, there is no support that compares to women helping women. She listed examples as she sat across from her good friend Carol Davis as the pair waited for the dance to get under way.

“We are going to take over the world, you know?” Davis said. 

Contact Holly Meyer at 394-8421 or



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