‘Best Prom Ever’ fulfills dreams for people with disabilities

Posted at 11:28 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 23:28:39-04

SPARTA, Mich - A unique event in Sparta is fulfilling prom dreams for those who may not normally get to enjoy it.

It's called 'Best Prom Ever', a night for students with disabilities to get dressed in their best, ride in a limo and dance the night away. This year they are hoping for guests from all over the state.

Halie Holbrook will be attending 'Best Prom Ever' for the first time this year.

"There's a dinner, a limo ride and fun" said Holbrook, a student at Sparta High School and a volunteer for the event.

In the weeks leading up to the event she is organizing dresses, designing decorations and making phone calls.

"I called a few guests this week" said Holbrook. "I got one call that I actually answered and got to explain to them what it was and it was pretty cool."

Halie is hopefully going to be one of 1,000 guests this year, surpassing last year's guest list of 900.

"Many of my students in general education don't attend prom" explained Renne Wyman, event organizer and general education teacher at Sparta High School. "They don't go to football games, they don't go to dances and they don't go to prom. That is where the seed and inspiration began for the event. The first year we did it we had 20 kids and they were Sparta kids. It just grew from there. It has doubled its numbers every year for a few years and now we are hoping to have 1,100 guests at the 'Best Prom Ever' this spring on April 23."

Before the night begins, there is free hair and makeup and not to mention thousands of dresses to choose from.

"We have this thought that a dress in the back of someone's closest or in the back of a dry cleaners is really wasted beauty and should get on the body of someone who should wear it" said Wyman.

Renne's had her students hard at work getting ready for the big night and wants to get the word out.

"I want to let everyone know that on April 23 we have the most amazing event planned with limo rides and balloons and dancing and a prime rib dinner," said Wyman.

In addition to the dresses, Wyman says if guy need help finding formal wear to contact them and they will help get people set up on an individual basis. For more information about the event and to get registered click here.