Capping months of planning, ProAct’s first annual formal dance featured an “Enchanted Forest” theme and drew many parents and participants with disabilities to the nonprofit’s Hudson location on May 13.

Individuals with disabilities planned much of the event and its extensive food, decorations and music by area artist Ken Wanovich.  “It was so empowering for them to see a small idea turn into an actual event,” said Program Coordinator Margaret Christensen, who said it was a major success.

A saxophonist greeted participants, who donned formal attire.  Some of the ladies wore fitted dresses with matching hair pieces and the men sported formal shirts and bowties.  ProAct thanked Sol Luna Salon, Fantastic Sam’s in Hudson and Youth Action Hudson for service and clothing donations.  Additional support for the event stemmed from sales of bird seed wreaths made by ProAct participants.

ProAct’s Life Opportunities program serves more than 20 individuals from its Hudson location on Beaudry Boulevard.  The nonprofit has four locations and has served people with disabilities for more than 40 years.