Spring Fling to fill night with magic

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Volunteers, donations still needed to make event a success

By Holly Tabor

By HOLLY TABOR htabor@thenewsenterprise.com   ELIZABETHTOWN — Prom is a magical time.

On May 16, the magic of Communicare’s Spring Fling looks to rival that of any high school prom, past or present.

The dance, formally named Spring Fling 2009: This Magic Moment, is a prom for special needs adults — clients of Communicare’s mental retardation and developmental disabilities services — many of whom likely never went to a high school prom, event coordinator Angela Peters said.

“They’re all excited,” Peters said. “Already they are trying on dresses and feel like movie stars.”

Peters said she got the idea for Spring Fling when Christina Hargan with Cleaning Solutions approached her about raising money for Communicare, and asked her how the organization could use the money. Peters’ daughter was getting ready for prom at Central Hardin High School, which led her to the idea of throwing a prom for Communicare’s clients.

“I wanted to put together a little prom thing for them,” Peters said. “This is much more than just a little prom thing. It’s grown much bigger than we thought about it being.”

More than 300 residents already have said they plan to attend the event, which will include a full meal, a walk down a red carpet, transportation to and from the event for those who need it, and a day of primping and pampering.

Donations and volunteers still are needed, however.

Volunteers are needed to help with hair, makeup, nails and other preparations the day of the event. Prom, bridesmaid and formal dresses, evening gowns, nail polish, hair spray, costume jewelry and other miscellaneous accessories still are sought as well.

That includes corsages and boutonnieres for everyone who attends the dance.

Each of the eight Lincoln Trail Area counties served by Communicare — Hardin, Nelson, Washington, Marion, Grayson, LaRue, Breckinridge and Meade — will have a prince and princess represented at the prom. That night, a Spring Fling king and queen will be crowned.

It could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of those in attendance, but Peters hopes to make the dance an annual event.

To learn more, volunteer or donate, call Peters at (270) 769-3377, Ext. 1517 or e-mail apeters@communi care.org.

Holly Tabor can be reached at (270) 505-1745.