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'Adult prom' raises funds for sick child

Wayne and Crystal Faris get ready to have their portrait taken. (AARON RICCA/Miner)

Wayne and Crystal Faris get ready to have their portrait taken. (AARON RICCA/Miner)

KINGMAN - Bar patrons dressed to the nines flooded downtown Kingman April 16 to raise money for charity.

More than 350 people packed House of Hops tap house for the first annual "Adult Prom," which raised money for local causes.

The idea was fostered by owner Terry Thomson and wife, Stacy, who reached out to the Willard family after seeing a social media post about their child's illness.

"We saw the Facebook post and were touched by it," he said. "We thought it would be a generous thing to try to raise money."

The idea was to raise $10,000 for two-year-old Natalie Willard, who has stage 4 neuroblastoma, a form of cancer common in children younger than two. The event raised more than $12,000 from donations, ticket sales, bracelets and stickers.

"Were very pleased about that," Thomson said.

The festivities raged throughout the night as Tanner and Lorinda Schritter were voted prom king and queen. There was a wedding proposal and even a FaceTime chat with Natalie.

The pub is in its first year of business and has already raised $24,000 for Kingman area charities.

The Thomsons look forward to contributing to the community: "Our plan is to continue the event every year with money going to a local family or charity."