You can help special-needs adults go to the prom

  • Fri Jul 20th, 2012 5:38pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

Remember your senior prom?

Many of the members of All Aboard never got to attend theirs.

But in September they will get the chance to go to prom for the first time.

All Aboard is a nonprofit activities program in Everett for adults 18 and older living with special needs.

“There are so many clients who never went to their prom, and so we are going to have one,” said All Aboard’s arts program director Shannon Danks. “Many of the participants do not have formal wear, dresses and suits … and we want it to be extra special.”

Many of the members of All Aboard are low income and can’t afford fancy prom clothes, so All Aboard is seeking donations for their prom, which will be called “The Sky’s the Limit.”

So far, the dance hall for the prom, which is scheduled for Sept. 8, has been donated by Oly’s Dance Studio. And Men’s Wearhouse is offering discounts on rentals.

Through Facebook, All Aboard is encouraging people to donate dresses, suits, shoes, haircuts, pedicures and makeup and other prom paraphernalia. Larger sizes are in particular need and stretchy clothing for wheelchair users is also being requested.

Other donations of food, drinks and decorations are also being accepted.

All Aboard has partnered with Macy’s, which is holding a “Shop for a Cause” day Aug. 25. On that day, you can buy a special $5 All Aboard card and receive 25 percent off your purchases and 10 percent off electronics. All Aboard receives the $5 for selling the card.

To make a donation go to the All Aboard website at www.all or drop off items at their facility at 2507 Broadway. For further information, call 425-327-5533.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;