Red carpet, flashing cameras, shouts of "Look here, look here" – Oscar night in Hollywood? No, Joy Prom 2012 at Walnut Grove High School - but just as special.
“The night was magical,” said Teresa Johnson, founder of Families of Autism/Asperger's Syndrom, Care, Educate and Support (F.A.C.E.S.) of Walton County. “From the red carpet entrance, through the halls into the dining room where the guests met with friends they haven't seen in a year; downstairs to shoe shine for men and hair and makeup for women, flowers and a professional prom photo. It was time to enter the gym through a Hollywood Star and into a night of dancing. And dance they did.”
Johnson said more than 100 guests filled the dance floor at WGHS on Saturday night as the 6th Annual Joy Prom, sponsored by The Summit, Church in the Grove and WGHS presented Joy Prom, Hollywood Style. Joy Prom is an annual event for people 16 and older with developmental or physical impairments.
“It was a tremendous event, with many familiar faces and lots of energy,” Johnson said. “Many guests arrived very early and stayed until the final dance at 10:00 p.m.”
Johnson said a Prom King and Queen were crowned and guests took home a goodie bag with their own STARS trophy, sunglasses, a director's frame with their prom photo, and a keychair - all in a drawstring bag to help them remember the night.
“The Super Moon shone down on all our STARS for Joy Prom,” Johnson said. “It was a wonderful night for everyone.”