Snowflake Ball gives Special Olympics a night of music, dancing

Published 5:25 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This Saturday will be a special prom night for many who are associated with the Decatur County Special Olympics as the Snow Flake Ball is held at the Kirbo Center beginning at 6 p.m.

Guys and gals will be dressed in their best formal attire and, if tradition holds true, some will even arrive riding in a limo.

They will have a gala evening dancing to the music of DJ John Jacobs while enjoying lots of refreshments supplied by the Bainbridge Pilot Club.

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A special part of the event is the promanade when they are escorted into the ballroom via a decorated arch. They will be individually announced by emcees Coley Voyles and Donna Kelly as their photo is taken by Connie Hawkins.

Volunteer students from Bainbridge State College will be there to act as escorts and to ensure it will be a fun evening for all. Even those who do not dance can enjoy the music and the fellowship.

Current chairperson, Wanda Thomas, said she believes this will be the sixth year for the ball. It was first held at what was then the Charter House Inn. It soon outgrew that space and moved to the Kirbo Center a couple of years ago. Thomas said there are 88 participants, and with the volunteers the total party count is 170.

Quoting from Rev. Paul Medley, former pastor of Bainbridge First Baptist Church, and primary initiator of Special Olympics in Decatur County, “The Snow Flake Ball gives the community’s special needs persons a chance to experience a prom atmosphere, complete with ball gowns, dancing, refreshments and limousine service for some. Best of all, it gives them a chance to socially interact with their peers and with other volunteers. It gives them a chance to express themselves.”