The smiles on the OPTIONS members and student volunteers faces is one of many indicators that this year’s Fall Dinner and Dance sponsored by Southeastern’s Student Council for Exceptional Children was a success.
On Oct. 29, the Fall Dinner and Dance provided a night out for the members of OPTIONS and local group homes that assist people with special needs. This annual dance gives them a chance to dress in costume and spend the night socializing and dancing.
The Fall Dinner and Dance is an annual event that is sponsored by the SCEC and Kappa Delta Pi. The dance is the big event of the year for the two organizations, and they host the dance to show their appreciation for the hard work OPTIONS does to keep Southeastern’s Teacher Education Center clean.
“Everyone deserves a night out,” said SCEC’s president Richard Waltman. Energized by Waltman’s mix of dance music, the crowd filled the dance floor before the end of the first song. Richard’s music ranged from the 90’s to today’s pop hits.
SLU cheerleaders, student volunteers and Roomie danced with the guests and Roomie provided a few laughs as he tried to eat one of the volunteer photographers. Guests enjoyed food from Chick-Fil-A and Little Caesar’s Pizza and other activities included face painting and the breaking of a pinata.
The Fall Dinner and Dance is also about giving back to the community. Students from various organizations volunteered to help make the event a fun filled night.
Students volunteered to dance and mingle with the guests while others greeted, photographed, painted faces, served food and drinks, decorated the gym and assisted in clean up.
“Our volunteers are hard working, and worked hard to make sure things went smoothly,” said Pamela Jugan, SCEC’s vice president. “The volunteers saw the smiles on the faces of the adults as they came in the door and they wanted to make sure they kept smiling.”
It is hard to tell who had the most fun, the adults with special needs enjoying a night out or the students who volunteered. They all had smiles and everyone appeared to have fun.
“This event is rewarding to work because the OPTIONS workers has smiles on their faces the entire time, and as a volunteer you are giving them the time of their lives with dancing, pictures and just plain fun,” said Kappa Delta Pi member Heather Mills.