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Published On: Fri, May 2nd, 2014

Austin Dennison takes great-grandmother to his prom, Delores Dennison’s first

Ohio teen Austin Dennison remembered his “Granny DD” wasn’t able to go to her own prom because her family didn’t have enough money. So Austin asked the 89-year-old to be his date.

Austin Dennison Delores Dennison prom pictureNews from Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio centered on the first prom for Delores Dennison and the kindness of her great-grandson.

Delores recounted the call from Austin to the Times Bulletin.

“He said, ‘Grandma, I want you to go to the prom with me’,” observed Delores Dennison. “I had a bad heart attack and stroke. ‘I’m not that good on my feet,’ I told him. Finally I said that if I was able to go at that time, I would.

“He said again, ‘Grandma, I want you’(to go),” said Dennison.

For Dennison, her grandson’s phone call was the first time she had ever been invited to a prom in her life. She had attended school in West Virginia and didn’t graduate at the time. However, she later picked up her education through various outreach opportunities.

“I live in Hartville with my daughter; I haven’t had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with him,” noted Dennison. “I stayed at his house. We both got dressed and went to Bob Evans in Celina and then we went to the prom.”

Austin credited one of his teachers with the idea. “I asked Grandma if she would be my date to the prom and she said that she would be honored. I told her that it would be my privilege.

“I’ve been blessed with grandparents and great grandparents that know as much as they do,” continued Dennison. “They have so many stories to tell. All I have to do is ask.”

Dennison said his great grandmother went shopping for a special dress for the prom. 

She is so funny. She was hitting the balloons with her cane,” observed Dennison. “She is really neat.

“When the music started to play, we danced on the floor,” continued Dennison. “They played the Frank Sinatra song, ‘I love the kisses of Delores.’ Her husband (Edward) used to sing that song to her. There was a standing ovation when we came out.”

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