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Apr 1, 2013

Bruno Mars Takes a Fan to Prom

By Ben York
Posted: April 1, 2013

Here's the sequence of events:

  • Teenager (Emily Torres), a huge Bruno Mars fan, posts a video to YouTube asking the singer to her prom.

  • Ellen DeGeneres invites said teenager to a taping of her television show (when Bruno Mars happens to be her guest).


  • Bruno Mars meets teenager. Though he isn't able to make it to her prom, the singer gives the teenager a Gucci prom dress and invites her to dance on Ellen's set.
  • Teenager auctions off the prom dress to help alleviate the medical costs of a fellow classmate who is currently battling cancer.


In a world where all we seem to see on the news is pessimism and negativity, this should certainly warm your heart. 

It would've been easy for Bruno Mars to ignore the fan and not respond. With almost 16 million followers on Twitter, he's bound to overlook quite a few messages to say the least. 

Instead, not only did Bruno Mars take the prom to Emily Torres, he's giving her four front-row tickets one of his upcoming shows.

But that's not where the story ends.

Now, according to The Times Herald, Emily Torres is paying her amazing experience forward to a classmate diagnosed with cancer. 

“I was blessed by the gift and I just want to keep passing on the blessing — pay it forward,” Torres said. “I think it would end the Bruno story on a good note.”
The dress has been listed on the auction website with a starting bid of $1,000. The auction is slated to close April 5.
Vani’s fight with cancer has become as well known in the community as Torres’ televised dance with Mars.
Torres has never met Vani, but she’s heard of the high school athlete’s struggle with cancer.
“I heard about him before all this happened with Bruno,” Torres said. “I think this will just tie our schools together and unite us even more.”

Did you catch that? Emily Torres and Collin Vani have never met; Torres is simply doing this out of the kindness of her heart. 

Since the news surfaced in late March, the dress has been sold on eBay for over $1,500. 

As Bruno Mars and Emily Torres have demonstrated, there is still an abundance of "good" in this world.