Snowflake Ball has 90 special needs participants enjoy night of dance, food and friendship

Published 6:30 pm Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If you were looking for some of the best dancers in Decatur County, the annual Special Olympics Snowflake Ball had them last Saturday at the Kirbo Center.

With music, food, friends and family all together, the sixth annual ball gave people with special needs in the community their own prom.

This year, 90 participants lined up and had their name called during the promenade. They had on their nicest dresses and suits, and some even arrived in limousines.

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“It’s overwhelming,” Decatur County Special Olympics Chairman Wanda Thomas said. “I start to tear up every time I think about it. From having their pictures taken, to being escorted in and having their name announced, to the dancing, it’s great.”

Thomas said more participants from Bainbridge High School came to the Snowflake Ball this year than in prior years.

“This year we had about 15 from the high school,” Thomas said. “I guess everybody heard what a great time they had, so more kept pulling up.”

Thomas thanked everybody involved who made the Snowflake Ball a success.