Blue River Services Prom A Night to Remember

Blue River Services Prom A Night to Remember

Eddy Howell, right, shows his appreciation for staff member Toni Shickles with a big hug.

Surrounded by pastel hues of blue, pink, green and yellow, adults with disabilities and their guests danced the night away October 1 at Southern Hills Church in Salem, Indiana. More than 100 guests attended this year’s Blue River Services, Inc. Prom – a record turnout for the annual event.

Now in its ninth year, the prom organized by Blue River Services staff and volunteers inspired a night to remember with a Kentucky Derby theme. But instead and red rose garlands, attendees anxiously awaited another type adornment.

During the Royal Court ceremony, the most coveted titles of King and Queen went to Patrick James and Carol Stocking, respectively, who both participate in Blue River Services’ group habilitation at the Washington Center in Salem and reside at two of the agency’s seven group homes.

Donald Kost and Tracy Carpenter were crowned Prince and Princess, Bill Polokoff and Linda Wilson were named Dutch and Dutchess, and the sweethearts of the Prom were Dennis Martin and Cindy Lawson, who chose to make the event their first official date.

After photographs, prom goers enjoyed cupcakes and lemonade at tables decorated with flowers, LED candlelight ambiance and champagne glasses each guest took home as a memento.

With some help from DJ Paul Dinklocker, the dance floor was packed from the beginning of the evening until the last song.

“Guests do not pay to attend and are guaranteed a night to remember,” said Tammy Seitz, Director of Community Resources at Blue River Services, Inc.

Staff and consumers are already gearing up for next year’s event – the prom’s tenth anniversary – which Seitz suspects will draw even more participants.

If you would like to contribute to next year’s prom, in-kind and monetary donations are accepted at any Blue River Services location. Please call 812-738-2018 for more information.

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