Ball History

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The Riverfront Ballroom at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Del.,
once again was sold-out for the 2017 Disability Ball.

History Of The Disability Ball


Most people have fond memories of attending a high school prom or a college formal dance.  Perhaps they were a member of a club or organization that had an annual party with dining and dancing.  But for many people with disabilities, attending such an event was only a dream, or something to be seen in movies or on TV.

 
Well, in 2004, Independent Resources, Inc. changed those dreams into reality by sponsoring the first Disability Ball.  The Ball brought together many different disabled communities both to have a good time and to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 
Because of the success of that first Ball in 2004, the Disability Ball has become an annual November event. Each year guests enjoy an evening of good food, dancing, socializing and the crowning of a King and Queen, among other activities.

Below are highlights of the 2017 Ball.

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Dr. Despina Wilson, IRI executive director,
delivers a moving tribute to her predecessor,
 Larry Henderson, founder of the Disability Ball
.

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Dr. Wilson welcomes Delaware Attorney General
Matt Denn, honorary chair of the Disability Ball.


Frank Holloway, one of two winners of a free ticket
to the 2018 Disability Ball, receives his ticket
from Planning Committee Member Cindy O'Connor.


Once the tables were cleared the music began
and the dancing started.



WHYY-TV Anchor/Reporter Shirley Min and
her cameraman, Paul Parmelee, filmed the event
for
First, Delaware's public media newsmagazine.
Click here to watch the broadcast.

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A group photo is the perfect souvenir of the Ball.


Attending the Disability Ball is a wonderful way
to catch up with old friends.

Watch a brief video about the past 14 years of the Disability Ball:

Disability Ball 14-Year History






Master of Ceremonies Sky Brady assists
the Ball flag-bearer, Shelley Troupe. . .




. . .while the guests sing the National Anthem.



The menu for the evening included Crusted Chicken Breast,
Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Mascarpone Cheesecake.



2107 Disability Ball King and Queen
Michael McCaffrey and Nicole Jones.


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The floor was crowded, but there's always room to dance.

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DJ Sky knows the right blend of music to keep the fun going.


One final farewell hug and looking forward
to next year's Disability Ball.