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Donations sought for Once Upon a Time prom for adults with disabilities

Menomonie (WQOW) — Organizers behind a special prom in Menomonie are asking for donations to help things go off without a hitch.

For the fifth year, the ‘Thursday Thrill Seekers’ in Menomonie are having their “Once Upon a Time” prom. The group of adults with disabilities meets every Thursday for a variety of activities, and the prom is their end-of-year event.

To make the prom a success, organizers are asking for dress and tux donations, monetary donations and volunteers to help run the event. They told News 18 the prom is a way for participants to enjoy an event they may have missed out on in school.

“Being able to see how much joy it brings to their lives, to hear their name being called for the grand march, you can tell they’re so excited,” said Julie Stratton, recreation supervisor for the City of Menomonie. “They see all of the public there watching, and they’re waving and smiling, so it is a true experience for them, and I think that’s what we want for them to have.”

The prom is on May 5, at the Stout Ale House, and is open to any adult with disabilities.

If you have donations you’d like to drop off, Stratton said you can take them to the Menomonie Parks and Rec building. If you’d like to volunteer for the event, Stratton said you can contact her via email or at (715) 232-1664.

Samantha Wensel

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