GREENVILLE – It was an event that was “all about them.” The Special Olympics superstars. On April 18 a dozen stars entered the Greenville High School gymnasium on a red carpet with paparazzi snapping photos in a star-spangled event. They were entertained by the Greenville High School Jazz Band and the GHS Wavaires.
When it was their turn, some superstars entered the stage and offered their own individual talents to an appreciative audience. Others had their talents on display for a silent auction.
It was a night in which there was some tear-shedding, some laughter and considerable appreciation, not to mention a standing ovation, for a job well done. The event, A Night in Hollywood, was the brain child of four GHS Supply Chain Management (SCM) students: Terin Ellis, Addie Hart, Logan Emrick and Chelsea Stout.
Advisor and SCM teacher, Dara Buchy, was proud of her students and the Special Olympians. “All of them did a wonderful job,” she said. “A couple of them (referring to the Special Olympians) had to overcome some big fears to do this,” she added. “One backed out, then when he saw what was going on he got excited.”
Cindy Rose, Darke County Special Olympics Director, was extremely impressed with the girls. “They approached me in February… said they had something to show me… They had me! They had me because it was student driven.
“What amazes me,” she continued, “they are doing this to benefit fellow students… the magnitude of this thing… the hours of work… all of it done by them.”
Rose stopped momentarily and watched some of the activity. Finally, “It’s overwhelming to me,” she said as she saw people coming in and getting settled. “The support in our county. You don’t see this in other counties.” She added she hoped it would become an annual event.
What started as an SCM project for a Business Professionals of America presentation became a priority fund raiser to support those being honored, the Special Olympians. The team members’ published goal was $7,000 to donate to the program. “We’re close,” the girls said about reaching their goal. “With everything going on tonight, yes, I think so.”
Special Olympian stars shared singing, instrumental and dancing talents with the celebrants, while others allowed their arts, crafts and paintings to be put up for a silent auction.
A painting by (JJ) Stever was a centerpiece for the auction; he was happy to talk about it. “It took me two months to do that,” he said. “If you look at it from a distance, it looks like he’s popping out of the picture.” A number of people showed their appreciation for his artwork by placing bids.
As the evening came to an end, Logan Emrick was smiling, saying she felt the evening was a success. They will definitely be holding another ‘Night in Hollywood’ next year.’ The year after that? “We will,” she said emphatically. “We’ll be back; we’re doing it.” After a brief pause, she added, “Maybe further on we’ll train younger students to take over, but for now it’s ours.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville High School juniors (left to right) Addie Hart, Chelsea Stout, Logan Emrick and Terin Ellis take a brief break during the festivities at ‘A Night in Hollywood.’ (Bob Robinson photo)