WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Residents at Palmettos of Charleston Assisted Living Facility in West Ashley enjoyed a prom Friday night filled with classical music, food and Paris-themed decorations.
"I just wanted to do something fun, and my mother mentioned prom and so I kind of went with that and turned it into a whole month of French activities," said Grayce Batson, the activity coordinator at the facility.
91-year-old Francis Dudley, who Batson says was reluctant to come, was the prom king at Friday's event and said he was glad he came.
"I went to my high school prom and I think this one's better," Dudley said."Favorite part has been the food."
Dudley said he enjoyed dancing, and he "felt real good" about being crowned king.
94-year-old Robbie Lee Sessoms was crowned prom queen and said she enjoyed the event; the theme Batson said was based on the Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris.
Sessoms said she enjoyed the night much in part because she got to dance with her grandson.
"It made me feel real good," Sessoms said."I appreciate the event and the people that work here."
"The response was amazing, and honestly I had no clue what to expect," Batson said."I had people tell me,'No way!' and they all showed up, dressed up, and it ended up being really great and it seems like everyone's having a pretty good time."
One of those people who showed up to the event was 84-year-old Mary Alice Fennell who remembered her prom which was during World War II.
She said Friday's prom was much better.