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By Jessica Selph



August 4, 2017

Jessica Selph

Desiree and Ryan Hanson dancing the night away at the Special Olympics Prom

This year's Special Olympics brought with it a very special closing ceremony: A Special Olympics prom. One had never been organized in our area but Jane Banes, second place winner in this year's Dancing with the Farmington Stars, put a stop to that with a new tradition that will live on for years. Having already chosen the Special Olympics as her platform for the event, Jane just couldn't let those poor kids know that they would not be getting a donation since she didn't win. Not winning didn't bother her one bit, it was the knowledge of not being able to provide a prom for the Special Olympics that hurt. So she organized that prom anyway. Jane smiles toward the Saturday evening dancers and said, "I am the real winner, because I get to be a part of all this."

The evening featured many smiling faces and smashingly dressed Olympic participants dancing to the music of Twisted Rebel, whose lead singer works with special needs children in the Bloomfield school district. Before the event, the ladies were able to pick from donations of over 300 gorgeous gowns that would be custom altered to fit their bodies, a gown to keep forever. Vanessa Moody with Whiteway Cleaners in Farmington cleaned and pressed every single item. The alterations were done by Mary's Alterations, who also donated her time. It was a large group effort and a lot of work and Jane said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love it took to put the event together. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves. I can't help but smile at the memory of my friend Chaz Elkins dancing in his wheelchair as if it really were two legs instead of wheels he was maneuvering. Limitations didn't exist this Saturday night, everyone did what they could and the result was pure joy.

The next step is finding a storage area for the remaining gowns. Jane hopes to continue the event and also take on Project Cinderella, where any young lady in need of a special occasion dress may find one pressed and ready to wear. If you or someone you know may be able to help, please contact Mary at 505-334-7490.

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