N&N: Region 5’s COTJ to host 14th Annual Dance
Companions on the Journey (COTJ) in Region 5 is holding its 14th annual formal dance this month. On Jan. 25, people supported in Greensboro and High Point will gather for an evening of music, dancing and food.
Laura Sturgis, site manager at COTJ, and Sandra McMahan, a developmental specialist at COTJ, started the dance in 2000, and since then it has become a yearly tradition.
Residents and family members attend the event decked out in their finest clothing and people from the community donate evening dresses for the women to wear. Sturgis said the event is a great opportunity for the people we support to get dressed up, spend time with staff, family and friends, meet new people and socialize in a different setting.
This year, the dance will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in High Point. The women attending the prom will have the honor of being escorted through the door by the honor guard from The Knights of Columbus, and residents will enjoy refreshments and a DJ. This year there will also be a prom king and queen.
The event has received a great response from local churches and schools that want to participate and show support. Community groups like The Knights of Columbus plan to donate their time and resources. A local high school group will help with the decorations, set-up, serving refreshments and clean up. Linda Arthurs, of Thomasville, who has donated her time and resources for more than 10 years with COTJ, will photograph attendees so they can have a picture to remember the evening.
Sturgis said she is so thankful for the community support received every year, and is grateful for those who have stepped up to make the event special for people we support.
“The biggest thing those we serve take away every year is “memories, memories and more memories,” explained Sturgis.