More than 120 people enjoyed the twist, macarena, line dancing, country, rock and roll and everybody’s favorite, “The Chicken,” on Friday night at the first Lakes Regional MHMR Center prom.

Just for a night, a house of worship was converted into a place where a special group of people who had never before attended a prom experienced an evening that none of them will soon forget.

“This activity has just grown beyond anything we ever expected,” said Kristin McCullough, director of the Lakes Regional MHMR day habilitation center.

“It all really started when Crystal Keene, our service coordinator for MR services, asked some of our consumers if they had ever attended a prom, and it turned out that none of them ever had,” McCullough said. “So Crystal started talking it up among some friends, and she just made things happen. People from everywhere were donating prom clothing, decorations, and before long, a long list of volunteers pitched in and started helping to put this event together.”

The contributors and volunteers included Papa Johns, which provided the pizza, and many teens from Midlothian, Waxahachie and Palmer, who worked all day at the center fixing hair and preparing the guests of honor for the prom.

“We just can’t say enough about how wonderful people have been. The Lanier family and the Pryor family contributed decorations and crowns for people to wear - and Pastor Jerry Parsons and the people of the New Covenant Church opened up their beautiful facilities to us,” McCullough said.

The Lakes Regional MHMR day habilitation center provides services for consumers who attend from private homes and group homes in three counties: Ellis, Johnson and Navarro.

“It’s much more than just a day care center - we teach them skills such as how to count money and other social skills. Actually, we just teach them how to live,” McCullough said.

Asked if a king queen were selected for the prom, McCullough said, “They are all kings and queens.”

For more information about the activities of Lakes Regional MHMR Center, contact McCullough at (972) 937-7660 or visit the Web site at