The second annual Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance Anti-Prom for our hidden teens and young adults was a huge success!
I am still in a bubble of happiness about it (with a little bit of sadness that it’s over…). My devoted family and friends worked so hard for months to pull everything together for this event and it definitely showed. Without them, the Anti-Prom wouldn’t even be possible. I thank you all so much and I love you all. Ya’ll are my heroes.
This year, we held the event at the lovely Maggiano’s Italian restaurant in the Houston Galleria area. The always amazing Mike Eichenberger was our emcee and our night consisted of dining on a delicious dinner prepared by the restaurant, casino games, TONS of prizes and a photo booth from Jonny Black Productions (which was such a fun addition this year!).
SWAG BAGS: Each guest went home with a swag bag made possible by the Abbott Family, Allen Family and Toman Family. Each one was complete with a new edition MHHA t-shirt, MHHA coffee cup, wrist band, candy, drinks provided by Hoist, and more.
PRIZE BASKETS: We also gave away numerous big prize baskets that were completely awesome (if you ask me) with the top 3 prizes included: a Texan’s themed basket which contained four tickets to their next game (donated through the Katy Classical Academy donation drive/ Johnson Family), 24 inch Flat Screen TV / Blu-ray dvd from the employees at Enterprise Bank Pin Oak location, and Beats headphones/gift cards basket from Enterprise Bank employees at Pin Oak location..
Perhaps one of the biggest highlights of the night was that three news stations came up and did a report on the prom. It was quite a surprise to me and I was both excited and nervous when I was interviewed, but I was pretty pumped that we were going to have word get out to those watching of what Dysautonomia is and what Anti-Prom\MHHA is all about. Much thanks to ABC 13 News, Fox 26, and Univision for covering the event. I would also like to thank my fellow hidden teen, Natalia Rijos, for speaking Spanish on our behalf for the Univision interview – you are a wonderful spokesperson!
I also want to thank my Anti-Prom committee which includes my co-chairs Lori Allen, my Aunt Ronda, and my mom. Thank you all so much for the hours of work you put into this event and for running with my crazy, over-the-top ideas and making them possible. Lori created the beautiful Anti-PROM masquerade decor, coordinated many details with Maggiano’s and so much more to list. She is so absolutely talented and she ran with the vision I had for the prom and it came out beautiful (You rock Lori!!).
My Aunt Ronda took off a whole week of work just so she could focus on putting together all of the door prizes, prize baskets, and swag bags (as well as running all over town collecting donations). Much appreciation to her team of volunteers across town for literally dropping everything to help her put together all the gorgeous prize baskets and door prizes!! My grandmother, aka Nana, also helped tremendously with this and I thank you both for both being some of my biggest advocates and for everything you have done for me, this event, and MHHA.
I also want to thank my mom so incredibly much for everything. For staying up late hours creating designs, coordinating, and spreading the word. For running around on the brink of insanity to make sure everything is pulled together – for always being a great mentor, and for being an amazing mom to me and to my two siblings in the middle of it all.
For all of our donation coordinators who went above and beyond by reaching out to their favorite businesses, coworkers, families and friends to gather so many donations that left our hidden guests in awe of the too many to count prize baskets and door prizes. (Big big big thank you to Lesha Daniel for always quietly working her magic and sharing our story and her daughter’s dysautonomia story so effectively and heartfelt that our community just embraces us to help do their part. And to Kimberly Smith for working her magic with her coworkers… what generous supporters!)
The Anti-Prom was a magical night and was all the more special to me with this being my senior year. To see the smiles and joy on my fellow hidden teens and young adult mentors faces, was a privilege and I am so honored to be among so many inspiring people. It is a memory I will always cherish and I look forward to giving other hidden teens this special night for many more years to come.
Big thank you to Brett Perroux Photography and Tiffany Daniel Photography for capturing our event beautifully! See below for their link for the photos.
To see the news reports about our Anti-PROM, click below:
ABC 13 News: Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance Anti-PROM
MHHA Anti-PROM could not be possible without our generous volunteers, donors and sponsors.
(This list is continuously being updated as we receive the Anti-PROM wrap up details from our volunteers. Please send your updates to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to make sure all of our generous supporters are recognized!)
-Our volunteers who helped set up, deal, supervise, and so much more!
BIG thank you to our neighbors, The Pinel Family (for everything!!) and our other sweet neighbors (we are so blessed!) Kelly & Rodney who saw a moving van, knew we had Anti-PROM coming up and generously (and blindly!) offered to help move/setup whatever we needed (and boy did we need their help!)
- Our entire Anti-PROM volunteer team!
- Maggiano’s Restaurant (and especially event coordinator Allison!)
- Mike Eichenberger – Emcee
- ABC 13 News
- Fox News
- Katy Classical Academy (for the prize donation drive and selecting MHHA for their Charity of the Month)
- Pruning Hook’s Ministry for donating dozens of beautiful prom dresses to our hidden teen girls
- Brett Perroux Photography and Tiffany Daniel Photography – for once again capturing our event beautifully! Thank you!!
- Jonny Black Productions for the fun photo booth
Thank you Donors!:
- The Abbott Family
- The Allen Family
- The Andrews Family
- The Bowen Family
- The Butler Family
- The Canseco Family
- The Dudley Family / Lia Sophia Rep Stephanie Dudley
- The Girgenti Family
- The Heard Family
- Patty Hermann
- The Jinks Family
- The Johnson Family
- The Lamb Family / Lamb Foundation for Dysautonomia Research
- The Leavitt Family
- The Lee Family
- The Lyons Family
- The McWhorter Family
- The Morello Family
- The Northcutt Family
- The Pinel Family
- The Schwartz Family
- The Smith Family
- The Smithers Family
- The Stilwell Family
- The Svatek Family
- The Thorpe Family
- The Toman Family
- The Wright Family
- Blackjack Casino Company (without you, there would be no casino night!)
- Brookshire Brothers
- Dr. Catherine Wilder, Smile Design
- Enterprise Bank Pin Oak Location in Katy
- Fox Pizza
- Girl Scout Troop 7109: Clear Lake / Seabrook
- Global Kids Project
- Gringo’s Mexican Restaurant
- James Avery Jewelry – Katy location (Cyndi Miller coordinator)
- Katy ISD Maintenance Dept Coworkers (Kimberly Smith coordinator)
- Keep Kids Connected
- Melaney Gibbs-Tarantino
- Mickie C and Company Realty
- Midway BBQ
- Origami Owl – Stephanie Parrish
- Pilates Powerhouse
- Sandi Hall – Medical Massage Therapist
- The Santikos Palladium
- Tim & Staci Domino – Bath & Body Works gift cards
- Visible Changes, Inc
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Brett Perroux Photography Anti-PROM Pictures: Pics below.
Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance is dedicated to bringing positive encouragement and hope to homebound and hospitalized teens who suffer from Dysautonomia and other life-changing chronic illnesses through social outreach, Hope Kits, Hospital Teen Program and Dysautonomia Awareness. #dysautonomia #chronicillness #Hope4DysTeens #TheHidden Dysautonomia Teens
We appreciate all of our angelic sponsors. With every big or small donation, we are able to help more Hidden Teens. Special thank you to our Gold Heart Sponsors at Lamb Foundation for Dysautonomia Research, Spero Rehab and J Knesek & Assoc.