By Matt Lasley firstname.lastname@example.org
April 16, 2014
Potter’s Hope Ministries gave several Grayson Countians with special needs the opportunity to attend prom and be “stars” this past weekend.
The Potter’s Hope Evening of Stars was held Sunday, April 13 for 45 special needs participants, who may not have otherwise been given the prom experience, said Donna VanMeter, who organized the event alongside Penny McCrady, Brad Mudd, Youth Pastor Jake Clemons, and Clemons’ wife, Cristina.
Attendees walked the red carpet, were given limousine rides around Leitchfield by an Elizabethtown limo service, and danced the night away with their dates.
The prom was a great success, as evidenced by the enthusiasm of attendees and organizers. Immediately following Sunday’s event, those who participated began talking about when the next event will be, VanMeter said.
While the spring prom will become an annual event, organizers have also discussed possibly hosting a fall or winter formal.
VanMeter said she was inspired to organize Sunday’s event by her nephew, Logan Reece, who is special needs.
Reece, who has undergone numerous surgeries in his life, received a kidney transplant from VanMeter last July. Since that time, VanMeter said, the two of them have grown close.
Recently, Hillview Church, in Bowling Green, hosted a “Jesus Prom” for individuals with special needs, and VanMeter, who attended the event with Reece, decided to organize a similar event for Grayson County.
After receiving the go-ahead from Potter’s Hope Pastor Wayne Clemons, VanMeter then contacted GCHS Special Education Teachers Christy Henderson and Brandy Weedman, as well as Communicare, to invite any Grayson County residents with special needs to the event.
Numerous local businesses and individuals came together on Sunday to give individuals with special needs, high school aged and above, the prom experience.
Attendees were allowed one escort, and several Grayson County High School students volunteered to be dates for participants without one, VanMeter said.
“The high school kids who donated their time were awesome,” she said. “They danced with them all night and stayed with them all night.”
A number of local hairstylists and others volunteered to do hair, make-up, and nails for the lady participants, and prom-appropriate attire was provided by Potter’s Hope members for individuals without clothes, VanMeter said.
In addition, Joseph Alexander, of R & B Productions, volunteered to play music; Davy Norris and Dorette Clemons provided photography; Kim Higdon, of For Myself Florist, donated flowers, corsages, and boutonnieres; Farmer’s Feed Mill, RC Cola, and Little Debbie’s donated food and drinks; Mudd and Monica Heavrin took care of decorations; and Caneyville Community Club donated supplies.
“It was honestly a group, community effort,” she said.