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  • Prom organized for the developmentally disabled

  • Prom is a rite of passage in today's society. One must buy the perfect dress or find that tux that is just right, order flowers, make dinner reservations and much more leading up to the big day. Most teenagers get to experience the thrill and joy of attending their high school prom but some do not get that luxury.
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    • About the event:

      What: Magic in the Clouds Prom


      When: August 9


      Where: Community Christian Church, Camdenton


      Time: 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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      About the event:

      What: Magic in the Clouds Prom



      When: August 9



      Where: Community Christian Church, Camdenton



      Time: 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

  • Prom is a rite of passage in today's society. One must buy the perfect dress or find that tux that is just right, order flowers, make dinner reservations and much more leading up to the big day. Most teenagers get to experience the thrill and joy of attending their high school prom but some do not get that luxury.
    On August 9, more than 40 adults that have a developmental disability get to go to prom — some for the very first time.
    It all started when a Sunrise Beach woman was talking to a group of Special Olympic athletes. Jeri Landon is active in lake area Special Olympics and when she found out that almost none of the athletes had ever attended prom, she was shocked. She continued her discussion with People First, a developmental disability advocacy group and again was surprised to hear that most of their clients had never gone to prom either.
    Developmental disability is close to Landon's heart. Out of her five adopted children, two have developmental disabilities. Her 24-year-old daughter Angela has autism and lives at home. Angela works for Lake Area Industries and attended her high school prom. Now, she gets to go to prom again thanks to her mother.
    "I want it to be like a real prom," Landon said. "I want them to feel magical like a teenager going to their first prom."
    The prom is for Camden County residents 18 years old and older with developmental disabilities and already has 26 guys and 21 girls who have rsvp'ed to the event. The 'Magic in the clouds' themed prom is set for August 9 at the Community Christian Church in Camdenton. Not only has the church donated the venue but is planning on serving a meal for the attendees, as well.
    So far, individuals ranging from 18 years to 70 years old are planning on attending. Organizers do not care about the age. As long as the individual is 18 years or older and wants a real prom experience, they are welcome.
    Numerous local individuals and stores have donated time and resources to the event. Camden County Developmental Disability Resource center is currently raising funds for the prom. So far, Landon has raised $1,225 of her $2,800 goal since officially beginning planning in March. She first began to think about this event two years ago. Funds are still needed to rent tuxes, buy dresses and flowers. Any dresses that are available for donation are welcomed as well. Landon is in search of a local seamstress who can possibly make two dresses for two of the women attending that have special needs.
    To donate, visit www.GoFundMe.com/9hi21w or mail a check donation to People First P.O. Box 753 Camdenton, Mo. 65020.
    To rsvp to attend the prom, call Jeri at 573-480-7592.

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