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The Dance on Trinity Hill: The social event of the season

It was at the very least one of the top social events of the year in Adair County, held Friday, September 21, 2012, at the Trinity UMC Fellowship Hall. It was by far one of the most heart warming events. And it was big - at least 50 special guests and that many more adults and guardians. In all, 118 signed the register. For the primary organizer, the writer, it was the most fulfilling thing she ever did. It was a dance for her sister and other Special Needs Adults and Children. A joyous dance, sometimes watched by the guardians with smiles and laughter, and often, with tears of joy, watching the happiness on the face of a little blind girl, dancing with the confidence of a prom queen.
It took a village to carry this out. There's a long list of credits to people who, in the Adair County Way, pitched in not expecting any notice for themselves. But their caring contributions can't be overlooked.

By Anita Stotts Clark
A special story about special people, special to CM Readers

I decided to have this dance because after mom died in 1997 and I became my sister, Becky's guardian her life expanded to include so many young adults. These girls were often going to the prom or other dances. Becky always wanted to go. She has asked for years. I decided if the only way for her to go to a dance was if I had one I would.

So the planning began three weeks before the dance. It started as inviting 20 or so people - people who Becky was at the workshop with or bowled for Special Olympics in Taylor County with. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I how others would enjoy the event. So I invited individuals from agencies in Taylor and Adair County and the special ed classes in the schools.

I know people thought I was the crazy lady as I chased people down in parking lots, even people I didn't know, to invite the individual they had with them.

This has been the most fulfilling cause of all

I have done many things in my life, raised money for many causes but I have to say that this has been the most fulfilling and heart touching thing I have ever done. To see so many smiling, happy faces does something to you.

I hope we have the opportunity to do this again in the future.

What an amazing evening for the developmentally disabled in our area. An evening that made your heart happy knowing you were a part of putting smiles on so many faces and watching them enjoy themselves. Great food, music, and dancing.

So many friends helped; it couldn't have been pulled off without them

I couldn't have pulled this off without some great friends.

My heart is still running over with joy from our dance yesterday evening. A night where many hearts were touched. With over 100 individuals signing our guest register, everyone is talking and smiling today. An event for those often ignored and pushed to the background. This was their night to shine! It was made possible by some very generous people both in time and money. Without Trinity United Methodist Church allowing us to use the Wm. Davenport building, my dream for these individuals would have been only that, a dream.

Our wonderful and supportive friends, Julie Hatcher, Emily Overstreet, Wanda Hatcher, Breanna Hatcher, Christina Breeding, Tina Young and Lesha Breeding worked endlessly keeping the food flowing the entire evening. I could never forget Stacy Hatcher-Wilson, who always does so much for others in our community supplied our serving dishes. Susan Perkinson helped decorate. Cody Withers and Erin Hill provided all the lighting and music for the night making this a real evening in paradise. Ray Rowe took countless pictures which will be forever treasured. Last but not least, Dale, my husband, who is always there supporting Becky and her friends in their dreams.

My heartfelt gratitude and thank to the businesses and individuals for the donations of money, time and supplies for the dance (hope I don't leave anyone out but here goes): Printing Creations, Stotts Construction, Don Franklin Ford, Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, Wilkerson Auto, OK Country Cooking, Community Medical Services, United Citizens Bank, Ron & Brenda's Transportation, Community Trust Bank, A-1 Transportation, Printing Creations, Harrison Moss, Ivan Greer, Dennis Brown, Julia's Flower Garden, Sheila Blair, Carole Thomas, Dennis & Lisa Loy, Ann Melton, Brenda Dulworth, Michelle Powell and last but not least, my dear friends at Flowers 'N Things who have always been so supportive of Becky. - Anita Stotts Clark

This story was posted on 2012-09-28 06:13:59
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