Tickets for New Directions third annual adult prom, themed “Under the Sea,” are on sale at 812-662-8223.

GREENSBURG – The staff at New Directions Domestic Violence Shelter is busy preparing for their third annual adult prom, and this year’s theme is a refreshing change and fun counterpoint to Valentine’s Day.

“Under the Sea” is the theme for this year’s event which is scheduled for Feb. 15. The Knights of Columbus Hall, 1308 W. Main Street, is the location for the event and the money raised goes to help an organization that has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year.

Visiting the New Directions office (whose location is kept secret to protect the victims finding shelter there) is always a surprising and festive occasion. The staff there, executive director Leslie Straight, case worker April Richards, and newly hired victims’ advocate Whitney Herd, maintain a light and breezy office demeanor and are always willing to laugh and share the joys of the victims of domestic violence taking refuge there. They have, through the grace of their own hard work and the amazing support of donors in the community, created a shelter that truly serves people.

A $30 ticket to attend New Directions most popular yearly fundraiser is not only a guarantee of an enjoyable evening, but it’s an investment into the amazing futures the staff is creating for their clients.

“I just love the beach, so we decided to do something different this year,” said Straight.

“We’re doing things a little different this year. We’re offering two separate events: a catered dinner at 6 o’clock, and then the prom, which begins at 7,” said Richards. “Guests are welcome to one or the other, or both! It’s going to be so much fun! If they want to, they can come and enjoy the whole evening at $90 a couple, which is really a good deal for a couple’s date night locally. We’re excited because it’s not your typical Valentines’ Day event. It’s something different!”

The event will feature a cash bar.

Lending his always chipper edge to the evening is emcee Chris Stephen.

Decor and snacks will reflect the Under the Sea theme, and attendees are welcome to dress in keeping with the theme, too.

Diners will be treated to Parmesan chicken and roast beef as the main course, with all the sides to finish off the gourmet repast. The $15 dinner tickets do not include prom admission, so separate tickets for the prom will need to be purchased.

Levenstein’s is again furnishing the red carpet so that guests entering will feel truly grand.

BS Catering is catering the meal portion of the evening, and Natalie Petro is the photographer for the event.

Of course, there will be a prom court. King and Queen candidates are required to round up sponsorship, and King and Queen will be chosen based on donation totals.

This year’s candidates for 2020 “Under the Sea” Prom Queen are Ann DeWeese, Vanessa Corya, Taylor Hauk, Heather Bowlin, Kjerstan Hess, and Courtney Raver.

Candidates for King are Billy Austin, Josh Kuntz, Chris Bailey, Matt Davis, and two more surprise male candidates.

Prom begins at 7 p.m. and wraps up at 11 p.m..

Tickets can be purchased by calling 812-662-8223.

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-663-3111, ext 217011 or email

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