Best Buddies “Evening at Sunset” Prom at Residence Inn Amelia Island
“Because of the generosity of our General Manager, Bob Hartman, we were able to provide a real prom for these special students,” said Dottie Richards, Director of Sales and Marketing at Residence Inn. “The 70 students from both Yulee and Fernandina Beach melted together as a bunch of happy high school students.”
The hotel provided a buffet, popcorn machine, beverages, and cake, along with decorations, and draped tables; centerpieces were provided by Nicole Archard. DJ Eric Harris provided the music, and a photo booth was provided by Photo Fun Booth. Lori Venerdi from Fernandina Beach High School and Karen Cusick from Yulee High School were the Best Buddies Coordinators. This is the first year that a formal prom has been organized for students with disabilities and their peers from both schools.