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Group seeks to give others a chance to experience prom

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

What with these days of $65 tickets and $500 dresses not everybody gets a chance to experience a prom.

Angie Clay wants to change that for as many folks as possible.

Clay and a group of friends are teaming up to put on Second Chance Prom. With a theme of "Almost Paradise," the second chance prom, open to anyone ages 14 and up will be a formal/semi-formal night of dancing and festivities at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center.

It will run 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 29, and will feature music by local DJ and former radio personality, Jack O'Shea.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for folks to come in and mingle and for photos to be taken. There will be a fee for photo packages by Gotcha Photograhy.

Guests of honor will be Mayor Steve Williams and his wife Mary, as well as council man Rick Simmons and other city representatives.

"I have a lot of friends and personal family members who are either handicapped or have autism and so many times I feel that these children and people are forgotten," Clay said. "A lot of them might not have gotten to go to their prom afraid that people would make fun of them. I feel like this is one night they can come in and be honored and they can remember it for a lifetime. It is dedicated to them and they can enjoy themselves."

Clay said from the mayor to council members, she has received a lot of support. And that support has continued in the community. Vans Lift Unlimited and others are giving donations to help put on the prom.

"We want to make it as beautiful for them and I can I want it to be elegant," Clay said. " I want them to feel like, 'wow this is for me.' I want this to be their special moment."

Clay said that while folks with disabilities of any type have a special invitation, the event is truly just open to anyone from homeschooled kids to senior citizens who may not have gotten to go to their prom.

Simmons, a newly elected councilman is helping pay for the event in part with a new grant of $2,500 that has been given to each council person to use in their district.

"My heart goes out to those who have been dealt a lesser hand that the rest of us," Simmons said. "I have an autistic daughter. I just want to see thier eyes light up to see something they've never seen before and that they've never got to do before because of a disability. What tickles me is that when we told the new mayor about it he jumped on board and showed how much heart you have in this city. We are all citizens of Huntington and we want to give them their just do."

Clay said they still could use some donations of refreshments such as pop and other drinks and snacks as well for that night.

To make a donation or for more information, call 304-416-1955.

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