Adult Prom at Hard Rock to benefit Lake Tahoe kids with diabetes |

Adult Prom at Hard Rock to benefit Lake Tahoe kids with diabetes

Adam Jensen
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If you go

What: Bubbles & Bow Ties Adult Prom

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

Tickets: $50


It’s time to dust off your best cheesy poses, grab a corsage for your date and make some questionable decisions — for a good cause.

The third annual Adult Prom takes place at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe Saturday, Nov. 14.

The event is organized by South Shore resident Angela Zajic and is a fundraiser for the Nevada Diabetes Association and Camp Buck. Last year the event raised more than $8,000 and sent eight local kids with diabetes to the camp, which is now located at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California, after previously taking place at the South Shore.

Zajic, the owner of RAH Hair Studio, said she’d like to raise enough money this year to give the 13 kids with diabetes in Lake Tahoe Unified School District the opportunity to attend the camp this August. Zajic has been active with Camp Buck since she was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 years old.

“It definitely helped make it so it wasn’t so depressing,” Zajic said of the camp’s impact on those with the metabolic disease. “It’s a lifelong disease of needles.”

Attendees of the camp learn how to manage their diabetes, while developing lasting friendships with people just like themselves.

“It’s very much like another family,” said Tara Winkelman, a friend of Zajic and program director for the Nevada Diabetes Association.

“It’s really nice that these kids can learn about diabetes in a fun setting,” Winkelman said.

For attendees to Saturday’s prom, it’s all about having a little fun in a formal style that is the exception rather than the rule at Lake Tahoe.

“It is definitely not a jeans event,” Zajic said.

The prom includes a DJ, dancing, wine, food from Verde Mexican Rotisserie in Meyers, a silent auction and two photo booths. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed man and woman, the woman with the best shoes, the man with the best overall style and the woman with the best hair. A prom king and queen will also be crowned at the event.

As for why Zajic went with a prom, rather than a ball or gala, the answer is pretty simple.

“I just love proms,” she said with a laugh.

About 200 people attended the event last year. Zajic said she hopes to get more than 200 people through the doors this year.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

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