Red carpet, flashing cameras, shouts of "Look here, look here" – Oscar night in Hollywood? No, Joy Prom 2012 at - 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 , 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.”