Excitement and anticipation was in the air as guests stepped out onto the red carpet, greeted by cheers of well-wishers. This was the scene of the first “Blessing Ball,” hosted by Leesburg Christian Church, and held at the Prizing House on Friday evening.
Inspired by the Jesus Prom of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, this was an evening of glamour and celebration for individuals with mental and physical disabilities as the honored guests.
“In Cynthiana, we are unique in that we have two personal care homes in a town our size,” said Debbie Brock, volunteer at the ball. “Combined, there are about 125 residents at Shady Lawn and Parkside who have disabilities that keep them from living on their own or with their families, and they are often overlooked.”
The Adult Day Cares of Cynthiana and Paris also attended the ball.
Support and volunteers came from others in the community, including Cynthiana Baptist Church, 3M, and Kentucky Bank. The guests were fitted in donated prom gowns and suits. Volunteers provided haircuts, styling and make-up.
Over 200 guests and volunteers experienced an evening of dancing and dining under a canopy of white lights. Laughter, chatter, cameras flashing and the clicking of walkers and canes against the dance floor were the background sounds to the playing of the Leesburg band.
“For many residents, this was the first time they had ever been to a dance, or ever worn a gown,” Brock said.
It is the hope of Leesburg that this will become an annual event.