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Charleston County Parks hosting Prom event on Aug. 19 for people with special needs
7/8/2016 11:19:04 AM

In an effort to provide ongoing recreation and social opportunities for community members with disabilities, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) invites people with special needs to attend a special prom celebration on Friday, Aug. 19.

People with special needs and their families and caregivers are invited to attend the event, held at Bees Landing Recreation Center in West Ashley (1580 Ashley Gardens Boulevard). The prom will be themed around the Mardi Gras celebration, and will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be provided on site, and a DJ will be on hand to entertain. Tickets are $5, and advance purchase is recommended.

Prior to the prom, attendees are encouraged to come to the “Say Yes to the Dress” event on Sunday, Aug. 7, in which women can pick out complimentary evening wear to wear to the upcoming event. This opportunity will be offered at Cypress Hall at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park from 1 – 4 p.m.

Registration for the Special Needs Prom is available by calling 843-795-4386. If available, tickets will also be sold on site. The Special Needs Prom and Say Yes to the Dress are made possible through the help of many generous supporters, including Charleston Flower Market, which donates corsages for participants; Reinvented Resale, which donates formal dresses; ReTrend, which donates display racks for the dresses; and Lowcountry Entertainment, which provides DJ services and a photo booth.

The Special Needs Prom is part of CCPRC’s AccessABILITY program. Launched in 2012, CCPRC’s AccessABILITY program strives to meet the growing needs of community members with limitations. The program provides therapeutically based recreation offerings for people with cognitive and physical disabilities to promote physical fitness, health, wellness, increased self-esteem and greater independence.

Other AccessABILITY program events included three Special Needs Swim Nights at Charleston County waterparks this summer, on June 18 and July 16 at Whirlin’ Waters, and on Aug. 6 at Splash Zone Waterpark.

For more information on the Special Needs Prom, Special Needs Swim Night or any CCPRC program, visit or call 843-795-4386.

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