Annual Prom Creates ‘Evening at the Oscars’ for People with Disabilities

The Community Resources Department at Blue River Services, Inc. hosted its eleventh annual prom with celebrity flare October 13 at Southern Hills Church in Salem, Indiana. More than 60 Blue River consumers and their dates enjoyed an Evening at the Oscar’s, which was this year’s theme.

Staff and volunteers rolled out the red carpet for adults with disabilities who arrived to camera-clad “paparazzi.”

After pictures, everyone hit the dance floor. DJ Allen Grant kept the crowd entertained and even made an appearance as Elvis. As he swayed, shook and shimmied, lip-synching the King of Rock and Roll’s greatest hits, he had some competition from prom-goers who belted out the tunes as they danced along.

The royal prom coronation was announced by Tammy Seitz, Director of Community Resources, with the help of Donna Davis, Habilitation Manager, and Seitz’s daughter Bailey, who volunteered. Chad Vandeventer was crowned King, and Jasmine Orndorff was this year’s Prom Queen. Jon Combs and Stephanie Ladd were named Prince and Princess, and David Edwards and Samantha Holt were the Duke and Duchess. The sweethearts of the prom were Junior O’Neal and Annie Gilstrap.

At the end of the night, everyone left with a beaded necklace or a key chain as a memento of their special night.

“Several volunteers came together to make this a night to remember,” said Seitz. “We had a wonderful turnout and look forward to continuing this tradition for many years.”

A special thanks to all our staff and volunteers: Charity and Jeffrey Ash, Liz and Jess Pendygraft, Sonja Oakes, Darius, Destiny and Cynthia Porter, Bailey Seitz, Ashley and Malania Hubbard, Elizabeth Johnson, and Donna Davis.

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