Eau Claire teen to Take Miss Minnesota to Prom

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- One Wisconsin teen will have a dream date for his junior prom.

Eighteen-year-old Charlie Gainey is taking Miss Minnesota USA Danielle Hooper to the Menomonie High School prom on Saturday.

The date was arranged by a mutual friend after Gainey was nominated for his school's prom court. He has Down syndrome, and Hooper has a 2-year-old cousin with Down syndrome. Hooper says going to the prom with Gainey is a wonderful opportunity to make people happy.

Gainey told the Leader-Telegram that it doesn't matter if he is elected prom king. He will have a good day because he is competing in a Special Olympics swim meet earlier Saturday and then will have dinner with Hooper and attend the prom.

Hooper competes in the Miss USA pageant in June.


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