(WXYZ) - It was a night that began with the King of Pop and ended with the crowning of a lovable prince.
This past Saturday night, Quest Inc., a Livonia charity dedicated to improving the lives of mentally and physically challenged adults, hosted The 2012 Hollywood Moments Formal Prom.
The idea was a simple one - why not hold a special senior prom for adults with special needs – adults who never got the chance to attend the senior prom in high school.
The Call for Action team contributed to the effort by taking in your donations of new and used prom dresses, jewelry, shoes and tuxedos. In fact, we collected more than 300 prom dresses and tuxedos.
But one of the most moving moments was when we fitted 17-year old Jonathan Rice of Southfield with his tux.
You see, Jonathan is autistic, and weighs 400-pounds and his parents simply could not find a tuxedo to fit their extra large son with the extra large heart.
That’s when Call for Action stepped in and got the folks at Steve Petix Formal Wear to give both Jonathan and his dad brand new tuxedos.
The night of the prom, it was Jonathan, in his royal blue, smartly tailored tuxedo that was crowned Prom Prince for the night.
“He came home and was just screaming, ‘look mom, I’m the Prom Prince, I’m the man’,” says Cindy Rice, Jonathan’s mother.
But the biggest moment of the evening came when Michael Jackson impersonator, Tone Davis, got the entire crowd rocking to “Billy Jean.” - a once in a lifetime, magical moment for hundreds of our special needs neighbors - a group of people who were told a long, long, time ago that the senior prom was something for other people, not you.
”It was a royal night for all of them, and Jonathan has been beaming about it ever since,” Cindy Rice says.
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