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ROI To Host Prom June 22


April 17, 2019 | View PDF

Prom. It’s the most special event of the year for most high school students, and one that makes memories that last a lifetime. But, not everyone gets to go. Even though most residents of ROI attended high school, they never got to experience a prom.

ROI staff member Tami Edwards has wanted to do a prom for a long time and was spurred into action last winter when one of the residents expressed sadness at not being able to attend her prom in high school.

Edwards and her prom committee including Jami Carlsen, are determined to make the ROI prom on June 22 the true experience with fancy dresses, a catered dinner and limo ride. The Sidney High School gym will be decorated for the grand march and dancing.

Community members have stepped up to make sure residents have everything they need for a real prom. Ethan Hoffman will DJ the dance and announce the grand march. Cindy Mead is preparing the gourmet meal and providing corsages and boutonnieres. Brian Gartner and Hi-Line Trucking have donated money to buy dresses, and the home where the meal will be held. Vess Hurley has donated use of his limo and fun bus, The Rush is donating drinks, Jake and Tara Carlsen with Triple 7 Photography are taking the photos, and Oneok has donated cash to be used where needed. Individuals have also donated dresses and cash and Law Enforcement and dispatch are providing ten people as grand march escorts for those who don’t have a date. More dollars and dresses are needed. One resident has her heart set on a purple sequined dress size 16-18 if anyone has one to donate or at a reasonable cost.

Prom-posals, the special invitations to the party, are already taking place and staff are working with residents to create memorable ones. Those will be videoed and posted on the ROI Facebook page for the community to enjoy.

A promenade is planned down Central Avenue at approximately 6 p.m. The community is encouraged to show their support by honking their horns and waving as the residents head to the high school. Staff would also love to see a large presence at the grand march at 7 p.m.

Thirty-four residents, plus staff, will attend this special event. Edwards said they want the staff on hand, but as unobtrusive as possible to make sure everyone enjoys the event. She said they are very excited about offering this opportunity, and it’s important to them that this works. If everything goes well this year, they would look at inviting the surrounding towns next year.

Anyone wishing to help make the 2019 prom a special event is asked to contact Edwards or Carlsen at 406-488-3341.


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