Special needs Valentine's Day dance planned

A night to cut loose, have fun and feel included — that’s the vision Trumbull police Officer Mark Smith, an active local volunteer, has for an upcoming Valentine’s Day Dance Party, open to all people with special needs in the Greater Bridgeport Area.

The dance party is sponsored by the Trumbull MORE Group and supported by the Trumbull Center Lions Club, the Stratford-Trumbull Civitan Club, St. Theresa’s Knights of Columbus, and Sons of St. Joseph, along with many other organizations and businesses donating items and lending support.

Smith, the event chairperson, helps organize dances and annual events for special needs groups, but this is the first large-scale event, open to all special needs people in the area.

“We are hoping to get about 200 people,” he said. “I’d love to see this become an annual event.”

The dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Trumbull High School.

Music is being provided for free by The Star Factory, and Vazzy’s and other restaurants are donating food and refreshments. Gift bags will be given out, packed with items from Beardsley Zoo, the Bridgeport Bluefish and Sound Tigers, Sports Center of Connecticut, Kids First Dentistry, and more. A photographer will also be at the dance.

“We want it to be all-inclusive; we just want people to enjoy it,” he said. “There’s just not enough events out there like this.”

If you know anyone with special needs who might want to attend, please RSVP to Mark Smith at 203-452-7385 or Rose Derrig of the Trumbull MORE group at 203-268-2323. Volunteers or anyone who would like to contribute to the event may also contact Smith.

“It’s going to be a great night,” Smith said.