Teen takes 3 dates to $25K Dubai-themed prom party with camel, 6K lbs. of sand

PHILADELPHIA -- One Philadelphia mother thought of sending her only son to Dubai for a visit. Instead, she decided to bring Dubai to North Philadelphia for his prom.

Johnny "JJ" Eden Jr. had a camel and three tons of sand brought in to the 3400 block of Clearfield Street for photos. He had luxury cars, including a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini, on loan for the evening.

JJ brought three dates, all in custom-made gowns, and wore three different outfits himself.

JJ's mother, Saudia Shuler, says she saved for years and spent about $25,000 but it was all worth it.

Shuler says she fought cancer and suffered from a stroke in the past few years. She told herself if she was going to make it, she would put on a big prom for her son and promised the same for his graduation party.

JJ plans to attend Delaware State University in the fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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