Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - Updated: 10:09 AM
Volunteers in Caldwell and Lyon counties will make sure dozens of special needs teens and young adults have a night to remember April 15.
Joseph's Joy Prom will come to Lyon County for its second annual event. Formally attired guests will have a night all their own, put on by volunteers who provide make-up, make up, shoe shines, dinner and memories.
The event is a cooperative effort between the Princeton-Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce. It was held for the first time last year in Caldwell County. This year it will move to the Lyon County Convention Center. A hospitality room will be set up in the Lee S. Jones Building for caregivers.
"It was a great success in Princeton," said Katie Gibson, co-organizer. "They had more than 50 participants and probably 150 volunteers. It was a huge undertaking. I've never been to one, but anyone I've talked that has done a Joy Prom they say it's amazing. I'm looking forward to it."
The event is named in honor of Joseph Asher, a Caldwell County Special Olympics athlete. Asher died in 2015.
Gibson fellow organizer Jill Lane are looking for volunteers for this year's event. Volunteers have to take part in one of the five following training sessions.
n Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at Farmers Bank in Princeton
n Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at Farmers Bank in Princeton
n Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Farmers Bank in Princeton
n March 13 at 6 p.m. at Farmers Bank in Princeton
n March 20 at 6 p.m. at Building 325 in the Eddyville Mall.
Volunteers must fill out a form that can be picked up at Fifth-Third Bank or the Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce in Eddyville, or at One Main Financial, Farmers Bank or First Southern Bank in Princeton. Volunteers should be 18 years of age or older to help at the event.
Dresses, dress socks, jewelry and shoes are also needed for guests. Decorations aren't needed as they have been donated from another event. This year's theme will be "under the sea."
Gibson — a 2016-2017 member of the Caldwell and Lyon Leadership program — expects this to be a positive event for the community as well as the guests.
"It's a good community event for everybody to get together and help," Gibson said. "Sometimes we need events that focus on community and fellowship and being together. I think this event will definitely do that for everybody, Princeton and Lyon County."
To donate or volunteer, phone Lane at 270-625-1531 or Gibson at 270-963-2330. Dresses and other donations may be made at Fifth-Third Bank in Eddyville or One Main Financial in Princeton.