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Mardi Gras
Moody Gardens Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Nearly 3,000 people with disabilities attended the 21st annual Special People�s Ball at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, Sunday, February 11th. Decked in their Mardi Gras best and bejeweled with strings of beads, participants danced, ate, had their faces painted and received balloon animals. More than 200 volunteers helped to make this year�s event a big success.

"Everyone had a great time," said Yvette Schmidt, volunteer coordinator for Moody Gardens. "The room looked festive and the music kept people dancing all afternoon. We couldn�t have done it without help from all of the volunteers."

Jim and Lynda Guidry visited with City Council Member Juan Pena, who also provided some of the photos, Galveston Independent School District Trustee Carol Greaney-Wurst, a volunteer at the event, and Jeri Hamachek, marketing and public relations manager for Moody Gardens.   Listen Download

Moody Gardens, a project established by the Moody Foundation in 1982, traces its early development in part to Hope Therapy, a program that has changed the lives of thousands of people since its inception. Today�s Hope Therapy focuses on Horticulture Therapy, through which individuals with disabilities can improve sensory awareness and motor abilities, regain confidence, and learn new skills to prepare for employment opportunities. Moody Gardens� massive greenhouses and Rainforest Pyramid� are tended in large part by these special clients. In addition to the Special People�s Mardi Gras Ball, other Hope Therapy activities include Sports Fest in the fall and Camp Discovery in the summer for individuals with disabilities.

For more information please contact Moody Gardens at 800/582-4673, ext. 4109 or 4108.

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