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Night gives 2nd chance for prom memories

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Those who never got to experience the fun and magic of their prom in high school got a second chance to make those memories Saturday night.

The city's Second Chance Prom was at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena from 7 to 10 p.m. As many as 250 people were expected to attend.

Organizer Angela Clay said this was the second year for the event, an idea that started as a way to give her homeschooled children an opportunity to experience one of life's major milestones.

"We were going to have a small dance then I started hearing more and more that people want to come," she said. "When it got to the mayor and city council, they asked me if I'd mind turning it into a city event, and when we did, they loved it."

Councilman Rick Griffin said the event is sponsored by microgrants available to city council members to give back to their respective districts.

"We get $2,500 each in microgrant money every year and we had to have it spent by July 1," he explained. "Some of us had some excess and it came to over $2,200 so everybody pitched in."

The event was free to attend. Those who came could dress up if they wanted, but it wasn't required. A photographer was also there to take prom photos at affordable rates.

Steve Beha, executive director of Expanding Your Horizons, a community service provider for individuals with development disabilities, said his organization drove five vans down from Albany, Ohio, so 48 of its clients could attend the prom.

"This is our first time here," he said. "We got a lot of people excited about the opportunity. Unfortunately, a lot of folks with disabilities growing up -- even today sometimes they're not included as they should be -- but a lot of folks we serve, being older adults, definitely were not included in their high school prom so this is a nice opportunity for them to come experience what they might have missed out on in their high school days."

Follow reporter Kristi Murphy on Twitter, @Kristi_Murphy.

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