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by Desiree Ramirez, Women's Life editor

Dancing in Paradise is a “Second Chance” prom co-hosted by Sisters Offering Support and Prevent Child Abuse Hawai‘i, and held on March 18 at the Radisson Prince Kuhio Waikiki Hotel. The unique fundraising event is an opportunity to support the two organizations and raise money to help the victims of child abuse and give them a second chance in life.

Sisters Offering Support is a nonprofit organization that supports victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and it too is dedicated to raising awareness about preventing child and sexual abuse. Executive Director Lorraine Faithful said: “We wanted to provide an opportunity for people to get dressed up, go out, and dance while supporting an excellent cause.”

Unlike a regular prom, Dancing in Paradise will have several different activities in which guests can participate after making a small donation. A silent auction will offer more than 50 items to bid on such as gift certificates for Maui Divers, a whale watching cruise, and even tickets for an outer island flight. Also, a ballroom dancing contest is open to all guests, and the audience will decide who wins.

And what would a prom be without a prom king and queen? Guests can enter the contest as early as they’d like and collect votes, along with $1 donations from friends and family. The two winners will be announced on the big night.

The proceeds from all fundraising will be split equally between Sisters Offering Support and Prevent Child Abuse Hawai‘i.

With the activities rolling into the night, a short message will be given by Honorary Chairpersons, Ed Kubo, U.S. attorney for the District of Hawai‘i , and his wife Tammy Kubo. Guests can enjoy dancing to music from the past four decades, and there will also be a performance by Hawai‘i’s Yvonne Elliman.

Sponsors of the event include Hawai‘ian Telcom, and BLUSH and GEAR Magazines. Tickets are $85 each and can be purchased at www.secondchance promhawaii.com. Or call (808)748-3990.



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