A special prom experience is coming to Columbus – Cloud 9 – for anyone with special needs.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 2:16 p.m. CDT
COLUMBUS – “It’s one of those nights where you’re so tired when it’s over but your face hurts because you’re smiling so much,” said Cloud 9 committee member and organizer Chris Goc.
In a few days, 1C Church in Columbus will be full of people dancing together for the first time in two years. Guests of all ages with special needs will come together for a free prom night experience.
Cloud Nine Celebration committee members Chris and Tom Goc are excited about Friday’s event.
The couple have been involved with the Tim Tebow Foundation and Night to Shine for four years. But this year, due to COVID-19 and to hold the event on a warmer date, they are organizing the effort through The Arc and an anonymous donation.
“We decided to work with The Arc because when we were working with the Night to Shine people, which is a fantastic event, we could only work with one night a year and February is a bit colder,” said Tom Goc.
They have just under 200 people (from as far away as Yankton) signed up and about 175 volunteers. This means they still need more volunteers to act as dance partners for the guests.
When guests arrive, they will have a red carpet moment, dancing, karaoke, a magic show and food to enjoy.
The “Cloud 9 Celebrations” dance will take place from 6-9 p.m. at 1C The Sanctuary at 2200 28th Ave in Columbus, with hair and makeup available to guests beginning at 4 p.m. Volunteers over the age of 18 will be required to complete a background check.