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FOP, MSDC hold prom event

June 9, 2011

Plymouth Police Officer Trent Shively poses for a photo with Rachel Gates during the Marshall/Starke Development Center’s prom May 20 at the Plymouth Moose Lodge.

PLYMOUTH — This was the fourth year that the Plymouth FOP and the Marshall/Starke Development Center (MSDC) have joined forces to put together a prom for developmentally disabled individuals in the community. The prom took place May 20. Dresses and suits were donated by members in the community, and Prices Cleaning cleaned all the donated items. The annual event is held each year at the Plymouth Moose Lodge.
“The Moose has been really more than generous,” said Pam Landesman of MSDC. “They are so easy to get along with, and we are packed every year. The building is just full to the brim.”
During the prom, attendees danced to the music of Flipside, a country rock band comprised of members from Marshall County.
“It went extremely well,” said Landesman. “Our consumers had a fabulous time. They enjoyed the band—they love to dance.”
“Just seeing how much fun individuals are having (at the prom) and how nice everyone looks—it’s very rewarding,” said Jodie Smith, vice president of adult services at MSDC.
Landesman noted that the donations the MSDC received made the event even more memorable. Knox High School donated prom decorations, Bergers Welding donated helium for balloons, and Coca-Cola donated beverages.
The prom is for the consumers of MSDC and the Manitou Center in Rochester, as well as any consumers of other area services such as Pathfinders and Cardinal Services, or residents of group homes.
“Our consumers think about this event all year long,” said Landesman. “If it didn’t happen they would be very disappointed.”

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