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Mardi Gras 2009
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Mardi Gras Ball for Special People
News Release
Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Galveston, Texas - No one needs to miss out on the fun of Mardi Gras in Galveston. Moody Gardens will host the Mardi Gras Ball for Special People on Sunday, February 22. Annually celebrated by thousands of people with special needs, their family and caregivers, this free event is hosted by Moody Gardens and made possible by hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time, supplies and services. 

“With the help of many volunteers and sponsors, we are able to provide a fun, safe atmosphere for people with special needs,” said Maria Miller, Volunteer Coordinator at Moody Gardens. “We hope people will come out to this free event and have an enjoyable afternoon.”

To make the event free to all attendees, contributions have been made by numerous volunteers, Moody Gardens and other local businesses. The celebration will feature donated food, refreshments, plenty of beads, clowns, face painters and a dance contest. The local Krewe of Gambrius has donated center pieces to add a festive accent, and Krewe Du Vroom with their unique collection of motorcycles will join the party, making this the only Mardi Gras Ball of its kind in the nation.

Event volunteers are always welcome to assist with the table set-up, decorations, ushering, serving food and dancing with the guests, Miller added. “It’s a win-win situation, because it’s fun for everyone,” she said.

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.

The event is scheduled for 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Moody Gardens Convention Center. For event registration and volunteer information, 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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