On April 16, Madison-Champaign ESC Low Incidence program high school students, as well as several 2014 and 2015 program graduates, attended the first annual ESC Prom. This year’s theme was Hollywood Nights. Many of the girls arrived early for an opportunity to have their hair and makeup done professionally by stylists Sarah Bodey and Ashley Fulcher. Kelli Cantrell, the MD teacher at Triad, also lent a hand. Midge Custer, of Downsize Farms, supplied a collection of girls’ formal dresses, and several ESC staff offered an assortment of jewelry, all to borrow for the night.
River of Life Christian Center in Urbana hosted our event and kindly donated a scrumptious meal, as well as beautiful corsages and boutonnieres. A special thank you goes to volunteers Sherice Nutt, Beth Riblet, and Betty Rodgers for preparing and serving the meal. Chicken Cordon Bleu, roasted potatoes, green beans, rolls, and lemonade were served, with a very fancy dessert rounding out the menu.
Professional photography was generously provided by Aaron Leffel, owner of Franchise Photography of Springfield, with formal pictures and candid shots taken throughout the night. A selection of digital photos was donated to each student as a keepsake of the evening.
After dinner, the students were treated to a limo ride around downtown Urbana, and then returned to the venue for a walk down the red carpet. This provided a great photo opportunity and a memorable entrance into the dance. Thank you to Julie Markin for donating the red carpet, along with several decorations. Emma Stowe, of Walter & Stowe Funeral Home, helped to make lasting memories by allowing the use of a limo and driver, free of charge.
The prom was complete with donated punch, cookies, decorations, party favors, and lights. Several hours of music and dancing were enjoyed, thanks to DJ’s Dave Knopp, Mike Madden, and Taylor Armstrong.
A very special thank you to Pastor Dan Leiker, who made much of this possible, and to the numerous ESC staff, families, and friends who helped to make a once-in-a-lifetime event happen for many of our students!
Submitted by Madison-Champaign ESC.