Covenant House New Jersey is partnering with Take the Cake of Maplewood-South Orange to host a gala Prom Night for the Covenant House kids in Newark on Friday, June 26.

“We all deserve a chance to be young and have fun, even though life dealt us a bad hand,” said K.T., a 20-year-old Covenant House resident.

Covenant House is the largest privately funded charity in the Americas, providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked and exploited youth.

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“Many of these young people have missed important life milestones and celebrations -- like the high school prom,” said Jim White, Executive Director of Covenant House New Jersey, which includes facilities in Atlantic City and Newark, where the prom will be held. “We’re excited to be working with Take the Cake to provide the Covenant House kids with this right of passage.”

Take the Cake is a non-profit organization based in Maplewood-South Orange, N.J., that provides fun, special, customized parties for families who could not otherwise celebrate their children’s birthdays. Take The Cake, founded by Laura Himmelein and Janine Territo, has celebrated birthdays for boys and girls in foster care, some who have never had a birthday party before, kids who have experienced tragic loss, and kids who have been homeless.

“Many of us take for granted experiencing the pure joy of a childhood party,” said Territo. “We try to bring that joy to Essex County area young people in challenging situations who are most in need of a good time. And that’s why we’re so excited for this opportunity to throw a prom for the Covenant House kids.”

Take The Cake is seeking funding and donations of goods and services to make this a special night to remember for these deserving kids. In addition to donations, services needed most are professional floral and balloon arrangements, party supplies (linens, glasses, china and flatware), tuxedos, prom dresses, shoes, accessories, custom printers, hair stylists, make-up artists and photographers.

For more information about how you can help, contact Janine by phone (862-205-9829) or email (info@take-the-cake.org). You can also donate online through http://www.gofundme.com/covenanthouseprom.