The Gramforacause team recently attended iHOPE Academy's Annual Prom Night to help capture the event in photographs and volunteer. Chief Community Officer, Gloria Wu, recaps the night:
Immediately upon our arrival, we could sense the anticipation in the air, the children and adults were outside eagerly awaiting their grand entrance. The International Academy of Hope’s (iHope) was hosting their annual prom and this year, the theme was “Once Upon a Time”. The students and their dates looked like characters straight out of a fairytale - ball gowns, crowns, tutus and all. Prince Charming, Maleficent, princesses, and princes were all in attendance.
Hosted at Amy Ruth’s restaurant, this prom was nothing short of magical. From the Beauty and the Beast rose table centerpieces to the silhouette of a grand castle in the background, we could see the staff’s dedication to setting up the perfect atmosphere for the night.
Millennium High School also partnered to volunteer, with more than 15 seniors attending to join the iHope youth in the festivities. The night was filled with dancing, delicious food, and delightful company - oh and you betcha there was a conga line!
The love towards the iHope students was clearly visible throughout the event. Every selfie taken, every twirl around the dance floor, every song request for their kids, and even just the little actions revealed how every child was valued and loved. When Zaystar and Amelia were crowned Prom king and queen, you could see their dates beaming with pride.
The Gramforacause team is grateful to have been part of this amazing event and to have captured just a glimpse of the evening’s magic. Definitely a night for the storybooks!
iHOPE is the only school in New York City dedicated to serving children and young adults with pediatric acquired brain injuries and brain-based disorders. For more photos, please check out their Facebook page.