Philly basketball player's mom drops $25K on Dubai-themed prom sendoff complete with camel

Philly basketball player's mom drops $25K on Dubai-themed prom sendoff complete with camel

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Philly basketball player's mom drops $25K on Dubai-themed prom sendoff complete with camel

One Philadelphia teenager’s mom took his prom to the extreme, spending $25,000 on a camel, three tons of sand and exotic cars. He brought three dates, all in custom-made gowns, and wore three different outfits himself.

Saudia Shuler says she had thought of sending her only son, Johnny Eden Jr., to Dubai for a visit. Instead, she decided to bring Dubai to Philadelphia for the formal dance.

She brought the sand and the camel into their neighborhood for photos. Luxury cars, including a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini, were on loan for the evening.

Shuler says it was all worth it. She 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.

โ€œI was just trying to pay honor my son, because he is such a good kid,โ€ Shuler told CBS Philly. โ€œHe did everything I required of him, throughout his whole entire life from first grade all the way up to 12th grade straight Aโ€™s but always get a B in something dumb like gym.”

Shuler says Eden plans to attend Delaware State in the fall, possibly on a basketball scholarship. Eden played at Simon Gratz in Philadelphia.

โ€œAt first I was like, it was too much, I donโ€™t really like a lot of attention but itโ€™s worth it,โ€ Johnny Eden Jr. said. โ€œIt was epic, man. I had my family out here. Thatโ€™s all I really cared about is my family being out here. My mom did her thing, she was the real MVP.โ€

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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