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97-year-old woman attends her first prom — and she's crowned prom queen

'She didn't stop smiling the whole night'

Image source: ABC News video screenshot

A Rhode Island woman recently helped her 97-year-old grandmother's dream to attend prom come true.

When Julie Huddon of Warwick found out her grandmother Helen Danis didn't attend her high school prom because her family didn't have enough money, she decided to do something about it, WJAR-TV reported.

Over the weekend, Danis attended the prom at her great-grandson Evan's high school where she was crowned honorary prom queen.

"She didn't stop smiling the whole night!" Huddon told USA Today in a message after the prom. "It was so special to share this memory with her, not only for me but my son as well, her great grandson!"

Prom was one of a number of childhood activities that Huddon has helped cross off her grandmother's bucket list.

"We've been doing a lot of things that she has said she wanted to do," Huddon told WJAR. "She sat on Santa's lap for the first time in December. I never know about her, she's full of surprises."

How did the event come together?

A few months ago, Huddon asked the principal at Pilgrim High School if she could attend the prom and bring her grandmother.

After getting the go-ahead, Huddon set up a "PromPosal" for her grandmother.

"I got a crown for her and wrote her a note, asking her to be my date to prom," she told WJAR.

"Grammie, Will you be my prom Queen & go to Senior Prom with me?" the note said.

Of course, Danis said yes.

Huddon bought her grandmother a long dress for the big night and gave her a corsage to wear.

"I tried it on, it was very nice. It was the first time I tried a dress on and it fit without altering it," Danis told NBC News.

The family rode a trolley together to the prom where Danis was crowned honorary prom queen.

"I was so proud," Huddon said. "All the seniors were cheering for her and clapping, they ended up naming the principal honorary prom king, and he danced with her."

"My favorite part was being there with all the kids, and having such a good time," Danis told NBC News.

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