The magical world of Oz came to Le Foyer Ballroom in North Hollywood on Saturday night. Pooch and Linda Hall threw a magnificent prom for their daughter and other children living with disabilities.


The celebrity couple gave attendees the full experience of Oz, with a beautiful basket to represent the good times that Dorothy had, and green lighting to symbolize the dangerous moments that she experienced while in the fantasy land. There was certainly no peril at Saturday’s event as Pooch and Linda ensured that all attendees were in a safe place where they had liberality to be themselves and embrace one another’s differences.

Several celebrities gave their support to the prom in word and deed. Alimi Ballard, Paula Jai Parker and Nadine Ellis were three of many to attend and praise the Halls for giving children with special needs an alternative to the traditional prom night.

For nearly ten years the Halls’ organization, Djanai’s Angels, has found ways to support children with disabilities. From hosting events tailor-made for families to giving financial contributions to organizations that have the same goal of helping children with disabilities, Djanai’s Angels has positively impacted society.

One central reason why the Halls have worked so hard to enrich the lives of kids living with special needs is because of their own daughter’s battle with cerebral palsy. Djanai has lived with the disease for a number of years but still manages to overcome various obstacles and have fun. In fact, the 17-year-old was one of the teens who enjoyed a night in Oz on Saturday.  Linda told media that her daughter “has picked out her dress and dancing shoes and is ready to stroll on down the yellow brick road” just days before the event convened.

Pooch and Linda Hall have three kids together. Djanai is the couple’s oldest child. Proceeds from this year’s Special Needs Prom benefitted inClusion Club House, which seeks to be a safe haven for children living with disabilities. See more pictures from the event below!

Photos” Blackcelebkids.com



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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