BEING VEGAN – Who Wouldn’t Want To Go To A Veggie Prom?

Paul_G_NewBy Paul Graham

Las Vegas Informer

“Work hard…but work smart…so you can play even harder.”  – Things Mindy Says

Okay, there is a very good chance that we all have some memories of at least one prom experience that we had dating back to our high school years.  For the most part these were opportunities to really dress up, take lots of pictures, maybe enjoy a nice dinner, socialize with friends, and yes….maybe even dance.  Hopefully you can dredge up a few good memories.  I know I have a few.  No matter what your experience might have been, it is always nice to know that you can not only have those memories, but if you are really lucky, you can have the opportunity to create some new ones.  Memories that could include music, dancing, complimentary vegan food and drinks, raffles, prom photos, and entertainment similar to those old high school proms.  You can have it all at the upcoming Veggie Prom West on Saturday evening, June 28, in Woodland Hills, California.

This is the first Veggie Prom West and will follow in the follow the lead of cities like New York, Denver, and Vancouver to bring the vegan and vegan-friendly community together for a wonderful night to benefit some great causes dedicated to animal advocacy.  The 2014 beneficiaries  are the Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita, California and the new Animal Advocacy Museum in Woodland Hills, California…the location where the Veggie Prom will take place.  Guests will be eligible for Prom Court, take place in flash mobs portraying  iconic prom scenes such as Hand Jive from Grease, and also win raffle prizes donated from companies like Phoney Baloney’s  Coconut Bacon,  The Tree Kisser apparel line and more.  Attendees can be nominated for Prom Court beginning on May 19.  All in all it sounds like a wonderful evening to enjoy the company of fun and compassionate people and benefit some great organizations at the same time.

The Veggie Prom West organizers are two people that I love and respect.  Steven Todd Smith is the social media manager for Forks Over Knives, the film that “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.”  He is also the creator of a Creative Night of Compassion, which debuted in Los Angeles in 2014.  At Compassion, artists and animal lovers joined forces to raise money for Farm Sanctuary while enjoying the many talents of the gifted performers of the evening. Steven has a gift for connecting people.  Jessica Schoech is the CEO of The Vedge App, the up-and-coming mobile app that will revolutionize the veg food finding experience worldwide.  For three years, Jessica has devoted her time to creating a brand for The Vedge via social media prior to the launch of the app.  Her attention to detail, research of marketing trends, and dedication to social engagement will help to make The Veggie Prom West a success for years to come.  These are people that you want to connect, celebrate, and enjoy the compassionate lifestyle with.

One of the greatest things that we can do in this movement of conscious eating and living that is sweeping the world is to connect with others.  No matter where we live, we need to seek out other like-minded people that we can learn from, mutually encourage, and strengthen the bond that links us all together.  The world can and will change as the numbers of people working towards ensuring a peaceable kingdom for all living creatures continues to not only grow, but become more connected and then unified as one.  We are a force already and we need to grow to be even more so.  Veggie Prom West is going to be very fun and enjoyable way to raise awareness for animal advocacy but also form and strengthen relationships with some of the most incredible people you will ever want to meet.  Who knows what new ideas and alliances will be born out as a result of this event.  If you live in Las Vegas, let’s send a great contingent to Veggie Prom West and let them know what we have got rocking and shaking in our community here.  If you live anywhere else, why not plan a trip now to Southern California and participate in this fun, historical, and memory-making event.  You might even see me bust a few moves that have actually been banned in a few states.  Now where did I put that old ruffled shirt of mine? For more information on Veggie Prom West…go to www.veggiepromwest.com and get your tickets and more information now.  See you there…

Paul Graham

Paul Graham was born and raised in Northern California and has lived in Las Vegas since 2004.  He is a top wedding officiate, a green Realtor and writer.  He has a daily vegan food blog www.eatingveganinvegas.tumblr.com which is 365 days and 365 vegan meals in Las Vegas.  He can also be reached at eatingveganlv@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/EatingVeganinVegas.

Paul’s e-book, “Eating Vegan in Vegas:  If It Can Happen Here, It Can Happen Anywhere” is now available at  www.sullivanstpress.com/shop/ebooks/eating-vegan-in-vegas/.

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