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posted: 2/16/2011 1:00 AM

Tickets available for Batavia prom preview

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Batavia MainStreet in partnership with downtown Batavia businesses and friends will present "Prom-O-Rama 2011" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at Shannon Hall, Batavia Eastside Community Center.

This Chicago-area prom preview is in its second year and chaired by Special Occasions on the Avenue owner, Mary Marconi-Popiel. A committee of downtown Batavia business owners plans and presents Prom-O-Rama and works together to showcase all the businesses that cater to those planning for Prom 2011.

Prom-O-Rama includes live music, a prom business expo, style show and creative dance. The doors open at 3 p.m. and a reserved ticket is required to enter as space is limited. A limited number of tickets are available at Invitations Etc., Simonetti Studios, Special Occasions on the Avenue and Urban Style. Additionally, a raffle and silent auction of items donated by participating businesses benefits Suicide Prevention Services at the event.

"Prom-O-Rama is a wonderful example of downtown businesses working together to create a unique event that showcases their businesses and bring people to downtown Batavia," said Bitta McKenna, Batavia MainStreet executive director. Marconi-Popiel adds, "I think this will turn out to be a very special event for high school girls and their moms. Join us and allow us to make every girl feel beautiful for an unforgettable evening that she will cherish forever."

For information about Prom-O-Rama, phone Special Occasions on the Avenue at (630) 406-1515, under "Events via downtown Batavia" or the Facebook page Prom-O-Rama 2011.