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Published: Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 7:38 AM
By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
WEST WARWICK, R.I. — Times were tough during the Great Depression, so Helen Danis never attended her senior prom 80 years ago because money was tight. Friday night, the 97-year-old Rhode Island resident was able to enjoy that high school milestone and danced the night away.
New on the night team— a “PromPosal” for the ages. A local 97 year-old is heading to Pilgrim High School’s prom, she never got to attend her own. It’s a story you don’t want to miss @ 11. @NBC10 pic.twitter.com/u0D9qKpL2o— Sam Read (@NBC10_Sam) May 21, 2019
“She was telling me about the prom, how she couldn’t go because she couldn’t afford it,” Huddon, 48, told NBC News.
Huddon’s son, Evan Huddon, is a senior at Pilgrim High School in Warwick. Julie Huddon got permission from Principal Gerald Habershaw, and then approached her grandmother, NBC News reported.
“I went over with a crown, made a note, and asked her if she would go to prom with me,” Julie Huddon told NBC News. “She was all excited.”
Danis said she took a trolley to the dance, WJAR reported. Once she got there, Danis was no wallflower. She took to the floor and danced the "Hully Gully," "Cupid Shuffle," and "Cha-Cha Slide" with the Pilgrim High students, the television station reported.
To top off her night, Danis was named Pilgrim High School’s honorary prom queen, WJAR reported.
Attending the prom took 80 years, but it was worth the wait.