Social Summit: Summit Activity Crowd revels in royalty-themed prom night
On Friday, May 15, the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne was transformed. Sparkly decorations, a makeshift throne and a DJ spinning tunes turned the lodge into a magical prom night for members of the Summit Activity Crowd.
The SAC is a local social group for people with disabilities ages 18 and up, and their friends and family in Summit County and surrounding areas.
The group first started unofficially getting together for bowling nights in February of last year. Their first dance was held in June 2014, and the next month they chose their name and created a Facebook page, hoping to reach out to more people.
“I thought that there was a big enough community up here to get things going,” said Rebecca Kohl, who helped create the group. She wanted to give people an option for socialization and recreation activities locally, rather than driving to Denver or the Front Range, she said.
Last July the group also decided to participate in the Frisco 4th of July parade. The town awarded the group a trophy and $100, which kickstarted their monthly dance fund.
Since then, SAC members and volunteers have done a variety of activities together. The Prom dance was the latest endeavor, drawing in 43 people, from Summit, Kremmling, Leadville and Denver.
“The best part was just seeing how much fun that they had and how excited they were about it,” Kohl said.
She added that community donations and volunteers have helped SAC continue its activities and events. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
The group hopes to add some new outings this summer, including picnics, horseback riding and basketball games.
Those who are interested in joining or learning more about the SAC can visit the group’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/SummitActivityCrowd or contract Kohl at (303) 587-1624.
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