By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Though it’s not quite prom season, there’s no reason not to host your own prom in the city you were raised in as a way to celebrate your 40th birthday, and, if you’re Demaris Jones, that’s exactly what you should do. Old Soldier’s Home located at 1510 Adriatic Ave, is where Demaris Jones hosted her prom exclusively for those who missed their high school prom, and, simultaneously, she shared her birthday with her community.
“I just wanted to do something classy,” said Demaris Jones. “Growing up in the Jones family they always teach morals, principles, and always have class no matter what it is that you do. I’m following the lead of my compadres and the ones who raised me to be who I am today.”
Picture taking, a red carpet, and DJ FAH D spinning his record selections made the prom the main event, and amongst the guest list of prom attenders was Jones’s brother Devon Jones who expressed his pride in his little sister for the woman she’s grown into and for all the people who came to prom.
“She’s not a politician but the things she does for her family and what she does in and for her community is the reason why we’re here, she’s definitely a phenomenal woman,” said Devon Jones.
The prom caused Demaris Jones to reflect on her own personal journey and what it took for her to reach the age of 40, and she had a special message for the youth in Atlantic City based on the wisdom she’s picked up over the years.
“Be true to yourself,” Demaris Jones said. “Never worry about what people say about you because whether you’re doing good or doing bad, you’ll always be judged. If you have dreams and goals go after them no matter if you’re talked about or not because you’ll always be talked about; when they stop talking that’s when you worry. I promise, if you keep the Lord first, you’ll make it.”
Demaris Jones and her prom are definitely What’s Good in South Jersey this week!
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