Tuxedo mix-up after prom turns into lifetime memory


May 11, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EXCITEMENT BUILDS for months before the senior prom: shopping for the right dress, hairdresser appointments, manicures, limo rental and choosing tuxes. Despite all the planning, sometimes the most unusual things go wrong -- and become memories forever.

Take the story of the boy and his father's tux. This is a true story, but the names have been changed to protect a mother whose son is at college, but might hear about this column.

Five guys who had been friends through school banded together for senior prom memories. They rented a limo for themselves and their dates. Afterward, it was back to the limo and a post-prom party at Tom's house, where they changed into more comfortable clothes and placed their folded tuxedos in a corner.

The next day, the guys picked up their tuxes to return them to the rental store, but someone took Ray's and left his, which wouldn't have been a problem except that Ray was wearing his father's tux.

By the time the boys figured out who had taken Ray's father's tux, the tux had been shipped to a huge warehouse in Pennsylvania, which has thousands of black jackets in all shapes and sizes. None matched the description of Ray's father's tuxedo.

The next day, someone called from Pennsylvania, saying that Ray's father's tux had been found. It was shipped to Maryland, where the tuxes were exchanged.

The moral of the story is check twice, guys. Be sure that's your jacket. A huge round of applause to the warehouse for finding the tux. And happy prom time to all.

Cadet's achievements

Cadet Christopher Koehler, a Crofton resident who is attending The Citadel in South Carolina, has been named to the prestigious Summerall Guards, a silent drill platoon of 61 seniors who earn their spots through a rigorous competition. The group performs in parades and events around the nation.

Koehler moved to Crofton as a high school sophomore and was involved in activities at Arundel High School, where he played on the Wildcats football team. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 115, serving as senior patrol leader and earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Arundel High in 1996 and has been a student at The Citadel since.

Educators honored

Faye Daniel of Crofton Meadows Elementary School and Brenda Gibson of Arundel High School were among area educators honored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a Teacher Appreciation Program at the Bowie Ward Chapel for their dedication to educating youth. Teachers receiving this honor were selected based on nominations by students in the church.

Scholarship available

Applications are being accepted this month for the Rotary Club Ambassador Scholarship Program. The scholarship, available to students who have completed their undergraduate programs, will allow winners to spend a year studying at a university overseas.

If you would like to learn more about the program, contact Rankin Lusby of the Bowie-Crofton Rotary Club at 410-721-2591.

Lusby has been active in the club for almost 40 years and welcomes new members. The club is involved in community activities such as Christmas in April and bingo parties at the Crofton Convalescent Center.

The group will meet at 7: 15 a.m. tomorrow at the Dough Roller on Route 3 in Crofton.

Pub Date: 5/11/99

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