Pandemic doesn’t put a damper on prom


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Juniors and seniors had the opportunity to experience a traditional prom this past Friday. A Southern Affair, which is a local event-planning business, organized the private event earlier this year to offer a more normal prom experience for students who have had a year that’s anything but normal.

Though some concessions were made due to COVID-19 safety regulations, the event was as close to what a prom usually is as possible.

Businesses donated to help make the night a reality, including Big O Tires in Brandenburg, Circle K, Lay’s, Prarie Farm Dairy, The Venue, Betties Hair Salon, Golden Tunes, and Coke. Sponsors donated either money towards lowering the ticket costs, goods, or generous discounts.

“All of this made it possible to donate 12 percent of the total tickets to teens to help get them there,” said A Southern Affair’s Nichole Durbin.

Approximately 85 people attended the event, hosted at The Venue in Guston, and Durbin says that all the guests were a pleasure to have.

“The kids who came were such a joy,” she said. “They were so respectful of the venue and us. We had several attendees thank us for throwing a prom.”

A Southern Affair isn’t planning to host another prom in the future; they’re hopeful that the school will be able to throw a traditional prom again.

“We were moved this year to help where we felt we could,” Durbin said.

A Southern Affair, which is a new local business, hopes to continue to identify needs in the community and ways they can help.

“We really are just so grateful for how Meade County businesses and community members come together whenever called on,” said Durbin.

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