It's the prom that shouldn't have been – no hair or makeup, dump the dresses, say goodbye to the red carpet and put an end to the pictures. It all seemed impossible because of the 530 slide. The disaster had taken lives and financially ripped the town of Darrington apart. As a result, the prom was the town’s last priority.
“One of the parents was like, let's just find a barn and lay a tarp down and have it out there,” recalled senior Chelsea Williamson.
So I hatched a plan – bring Darrington the prom of a lifetime. Tuxedos and dresses were donated, along with the decorations that transformed the Darrington gym from hardwood to Hollywood. As the kids left the red carpet and headed into the gym, they had no clue what was in store.
“This isn’t our gym. I don’t know where I am,” said shocked prom attendee Andrea Holm.
Donors came through with everything, making the event free. It was the moments that were priceless.
“At first I thought it would be cancelled too because of the devastation and everything but I’m so happy you came to help us and we're so thankful,” said prom attendee Monika Franke.
Who we all owe our admiration to are the kids who danced and partied and held each other on this night but endured and held strong through many others after the disaster. This was deservedly their night-to celebrate each other.