The Larkin Recreation Building at the Trudeau Center was in full swing Friday evening, as more than 50 clients and their dates partied during the center’s first prom. To give clients a safe place to enjoy a night that would prove to be “more than a dream,” staff members planned the prom and donated most of the garments clients donned at the event, as well as styled clients’ hair prior to the prom. The Trudeau Center, located at 3445 Post Road, is a non-profit organization that aims to promote an enhanced quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. Caitlyn Blain, 18 (left), dances with Domenic Paoella, 17, both 11th graders at Toll Gate High School.
STELLAR COMMITTIEE: Mike Sherman (front, left), the children’s recreation coordinator, honored each of the women who made the prom a special night for clients with flowers. They include Alicia Fontes, a Home Based Children Services (HBCS) administrator; Roberta Ryan, the director of HBCS; Sandy Brown, a direct support worker; and Christy Rondeau, also of HBCS. Next to Sherman is Lisa Pellegrino, the Center’s activities coordinator, as well as client Seth Mroz, 16. “Hopefully, this is the first of many more proms,” Sherman said at the event. Rondeau said if anyone has garments they’d like to donate from future proms, contact the Center at 739-2700 and ask for her.
(Warwick Beacon photos by Jessica A. Botelho)