Joy Prom in Sumter gives big night to those with disabilities

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 5/15/18

People from all walks of the Sumter community came together on Friday to host the annual Joy Prom for students and adults with disabilities.

The event, which was held at The O'Donnell House in downtown Sumter, is a partnership between a handful …

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People from all walks of the Sumter community came together on Friday to host the annual Joy Prom for students and adults with disabilities.

The event, which was held at The O'Donnell House in downtown Sumter, is a partnership between a handful of groups, including the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and First Baptist Church.

Attendees had the opportunity to get their hair and makeup for free at the church before getting into a limo and taken across the street for a red carpet welcome. High school students escorted the prom-goers down the carpet as they were introduced by a DJ.

"The dancing is really the big thing," said Gwen Herod, who works at the sheriff's office.

Herod, who has a granddaughter who has Down Syndrome, said she and a handful of others thought to start a prom for those with disabilities after seeing a similar event in Columbia.

"I think the important thing is to not separate them," she said. "We're all one here. Jesus loves us all the same. It's neat to be able to love on them a little bit."