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Clarksburg Nursing Home Holds 'Senior Prom' for Residents

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Prom season is wrapping up, but on Thursday night, the party was hoppin' at the Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where residents had their own version of "Senior Prom." 

"Oh, it's just really nice. The pictures and getting made up..." said resident Carrie Ashcraft.

This is the fourth annual prom at the center, so this isn't the first time Ashcraft has gotten all dolled up, but in some ways, she's making up for lost time.

"I never went to prom when I was young. I didn't have time. We were on a farm and had so much work, so I never went to prom," said Ashcraft.

"We do the whole nine yards - the gowns, the candlelight dinner, and the crowning," said Linda Curry, activity director at the Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Bruce and Patty Alker have been married for 38 years. They said nights like Thursday really bring them back.

"I think watching the people get dressed up and kind of seeing how much they remembered back," said Bruce.

"It brought back memories of the songs that we liked," said Patty.

Organizer Linda Curry said she and her staff brought in formal wear to help residents look their very best.

"We go to yard sales, we go to Goodwill, we go to Salvation Army, they pick and choose their own gown. What's a prom without a gown?" said Curry.

But that decision isn't always an easy one.

"I had one, but it was too little, so I had to get this one, and I didn't know if it would fit or not," said Betty Haney, who was elected Prom Queen.

"I had a family member come to me one time and said, 'This is the first prom my mother has event went to, and I love you for that. And I knew my job was fulfilled," said Curry.
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