From the moment people stepped on the red carpet until the last song was played, joy spread across the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on Thursday night with UNC’s third annual Joy Prom.
This year’s Joy Prom was organized by Pi Kappa Phi, Best Buddies and the Class of 2017 in hope of creating a night for people with disabilities to feel more loved and accepted.
Caitlin Schwagerl, the president of UNC’s chapter of Best Buddies, said all the guests would be paired with a UNC student for the duration of the night.
“Best Buddies has over 100 friendship pairs of people with intellectual disabilities and UNC students. All our friendship pairs come to this event, all our buddies,” Schwagerl said. “But we also invite any member of the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities to come attend as well.”
Joy Prom not only provides a community for people with disabilities but also an opportunity for volunteers who are attending this event to get to know one another.