Dreams Come True at First Arc Prom

July 2nd, 2014

On June 27, The Arc of Essex County’s Day Program participants experienced the magic of attending prom. The Arc’s first-ever prom, hosted at the Nutley Parks and Recreation Annex Building, was themed “Dreams Come True.”

Nearly 150 Day Program participants attended the Friday afternoon prom in formal attire. Suits and dresses were generously donated by several Arc staff members, Kathy Acox, Judy Bellina, and Marion Haig, to accommodate anyone who did not own formal wear. 

Prom-goers spent the afternoon enjoying a catered meal, dancing to music provided by a professional DJ, and having their photos taken with friends by a professional photographer. The family of Roseanne Abuan, a participant at Arcompany, donated inflatable guitars to add to the fun. 

In true prom fashion, a king and queen were crowned based on their stunning prom attire. The two newest Assistant Directors for the Adult Services team, Kelly Holzli and Jessica Walder, had the honor of crowning king and queen Rodell Hudson and Evette Laws. 

At the conclusion of the prom, attendees received their photo in a frame that included the theme “Dreams Come True” along with the date as a memento. 

The Arc of Essex County would like to thank a few individuals who made the prom a success. Special thanks to Dora Young, Assistant Manager at Creative Visions Day Program who conceptualized the event and theme. The event would not have been possible without Anne Rotonda, Program Manager for Special Young Adults, and Linda Hamilton, who works for Nutley Parks and Recreation Department, for securing the venue. Also, Frank Cinque, Senior Manager of Property and Housing assisted in transporting chairs to the venue.

Day Program staff and participants are already anticipating the Prom’s return in 2015.