Best Buddies Goes Hollywood

Kate Abbatacola, Content Editor with Madison Powers, Staff Reporter

Best Buddies members walked the red carpet this past Saturday, April 17th, for the annual Best Buddies Prom. RBHS Best Buddies, along with the Best Buddies chapter from Oak Park River Forest, danced the night away and celebrated the closing of a notable year for Best Buddies.

 The prom took place at OPRF High School last year, and RBHS Best Buddies members were excited to be hosting it this year.

  Best Buddies Goes Hollywood was the theme, complete with glamorous attire and Hollywood style entrances. Guests entering the dance made their way down a red carpet lined with twinkling lights, after first being checked off the guest list by four students acting as bouncers. 

 Over 100 students from both schools were present at the event, which took place in the East Gym.  A backdrop for pictures of buddy pairs was set up in the hallway as well as a bean bag game.  Best Buddies members were also able to indulge themselves at the chocolate fountain set up at the food table.

 “We worked really hard on all of the preparations and it took a lot of time,” said senior and Best Buddies officer Tim Hannigan, “In the end it was all worth while.”

 A large area of the gym was used as the dance floor where students danced to music provided by a DJ and showed off their moves for a dance contest that took place. Two Buddies from OPRF and two from RB were announced the winners of the contest and received trophies.

 “Everyone had fun, talking and dancing,” said sophomore and Best Buddies member Ally Carter, “We all got along great!”

 The dance went from 7-9 p.m. and all attendees were sad to say goodbye at the end.  All of the efforts in preparation for the dance made the event a memorable experience for both Best Buddies chapters.