Galveston, Texas… Hurricane Ike may have disrupted the lives of many on Galveston Island last September, but participants at the Moody Gardens Special People’s Ball would not allow it to spoil their Mardi Gras celebration. Over 2500 attendees enjoyed dancing, refreshments, face painting, balloon artists and companionship at the 23rd annual event held at the Moody Gardens Convention Center.
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 Galveston Mardi Gras festivities. It is free to people with disabilities, their families and friends. The event is hosted by Moody Gardens with a large volunteer effort of time and supplies to support it.
“We had a great response to our request for volunteers this year,” said Volunteer Coordinator Maria Miller, who said she was pleased with the turnout of participants and volunteers.
“There are approximately 150 volunteers and we are pleased to see a number of new faces this year.”
“This is our first year to attend this event,” said Lisa Thompson of the Woodlands whose ten year-old daughter Emma won one of the Mardi Gras dance contests. She added that some friends who attend the Special People’s Ball each year recommended the event for the Thompson family. “She is has had a great time and has loved every moment.”
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 have been tended in large part by these special clients.
For more information, please contact Moody Gardens at 800/582-4673.
Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.