Mount Sequoyah efforts provide ‘Picture Perfect’ prom evening for Fayetteville students

Outreach, partnerships contribute to fine dining experience

Mount Sequoyah Center on April 29 held its second annual Picture Perfect Prom Dining, a pre-prom dinner for Fayetteville High School students. 

Each attendee receives a digital portrait, as well as a dinner and dessert buffet featuring roasted rosemary pork loin, roasted potatoes, vegetables, purple bulldog cabbage, rolls, strawberry cake and an assortment of homemade cheesecakes. This year’s event, attended by more than 50 guests, was held in Mount Sequoyah’s newly remodeled Yancey Lodge. Despite torrential rains in northwest Arkansas that nearly cancelled prom, all who attended the dinner enjoyed a great celebration. 

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A partnership with Glass Slipper Prom Project and Womenade of Northwest Arkansas provided scholarships for some students to attend the dinner. Nearly half of those in attendance came because of this partnership, and no distinction was made between paying attendees and those with scholarships. For those who struggle with food insecurity, an elegant meal is an extra blessing on a special night.

“Because of the generous donation that was made by Womenade, our students at the Fayetteville schools were able to enjoy a beautiful dinner at Mount Sequoyah,” said Melissa Rogers, social worker with the Fayetteville School District. “This was an incredible opportunity for our students and very much appreciated.” 

As a non-profit, Mount Sequoyah values partnerships as essential for its success. Pretty Old Stuff NWA provided décor, including hobnail milk glass vases and colorful crystal stemware, and the University of Arkansas Wesley Foundation campus ministry leadership team moved furniture before and after the event. Corbett Warren, a host at Mount Sequoyah, served as photographer, and a new Mount Sequoyah host family, Everett and Amy Coonfield, hosted the dinner.

It is an ongoing quest for Mount Sequoyah to forge greater connection with the Fayetteville community. Knowing that these young adults will add to the 95-year history of education, celebration and spiritual formation is a great joy for the staff. 

Until last year, Mount Sequoyah Center was owned by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, and as an independent organization now continues to maintain relationships with United Methodist congregations and ministries.

—submitted by Denni Palmer