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Mardi Gras 2008
Twenty-second Annual Special People's Ball at Moody Gardens
photos by Juan Peña
Sunday, January 27, 2008

Galveston, Texas -- On January 27, 2008, more than 2,000 people with disabilities and their families and friends attended the 22nd Annual Special People’s Ball at the Moody Gardens Convention Center. The Special People’s Ball is a free Mardi Gras celebration hosted by Moody Gardens with approximately 200 volunteers contributing time and supplies.

These photos were provided by Galveston City Council Member Juan Peña, a contributor.

“The Mardi Gras Ball for Special People provides a safe and accessible environment in which individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to be a part of the Mardi Gras celebration that is so dear to the Galveston community,” said Yvette Schmidt, Volunteer Coordinator at Moody Gardens

Festivities included food, refreshments, plenty of beads, clowns, face painters and a dance contest. Local Krewes, including Krewe Du Vroom with their unique collection of motorcycles, joined the party, making this the only Mardi Gras Ball of its kind in the nation.

Moody Gardens and the Hope Therapy Program were established by the Moody Foundation in 1982, changing the lives of thousands of people since its inception. In addition to hosting special events such as the Special People’s Ball, SportsFest and Camp Discover Nature, 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. The massive greenhouses and the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens are tended in large part by these special clients.

To join Moody Gardens © in celebrating this extraordinary occasion, information on the Ball or to volunteer your time, please contact Moody Gardens at 800/582-4673, ext. 4108.

Moody Gardens© is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

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