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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Woodland Community Church held a very special prom April 20 for special needs students ages 16 and older. The event was free for any special needs in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. This year’s theme was “A Night with Woody and Buzz,” and had a turnout of about 500 people.

Matthew Dugan and Jessica Greene at special needs prom
LRHS seniors Matt Dugan (l) and Jessica Greene in costume before special needs prom

Night with the Stars” hosted the event as was fortunate to find volunteers to help with hair and makeup for the prom guests. The community donated everything that went into the event. This year, Lakewood Leaders was fortunate enough to volunteer at the event.

LRHS senior Jessica Greene volunteered at the prom and said, “It was honestly the most amazing thing! They were so appreciative for the opportunity they had.”

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“Night with the Stars” mentioned that they are always in need of formalwear in sizes 14 and up for females and in all sizes for males. In addition, any donations to the event will be tax-deductible. For more information, visit “Night with the Stars” website.

“Each year this event grows and all who participate are touched by the experience,” “Night with the Stars” reported on their website.

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