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Letters: Princeton Special Sports ‘Journey to India’ Formal Dance a Success Thanks to Volunteers

To the Editor:

Our May 6th formal dinner dance for adults and teens with special needs was a truly memorable
“Journey to India!” We are grateful to the many people who made it possible.

Thanks to our new DJ Steven Knox. Steven has re-energized our monthly dances, but he and his
dad Dan really outdid themselves at the formal. Thanks, too, to Cross Culture for the wonderful
Indian menu and to McCaffrey’s bakery for the truly gorgeous desserts. And, as always, we are so
grateful to our friend and very talented photographer Jaime Escarpeta.

Over the past decade, the synergy between Princeton Special Sports, an all-volunteer non-profit,
and the Princeton Recreation Department has made sports, social, and most recently arts,
programing available to our friends and neighbors with special needs. Thank you to Princeton Recreation Department staff  members Vikki Caines, Stacie Ryan, and especially Joe Marrolli for all of their hard work. Thank you, too, to the town leaders who showed their support for our community by joining us at the Formal: Jo Butler of the Princeton Council, Joanne Rogers of the Recreation Commission, and Recreation Executive Director Ben Stentz.

The formal takes a lot of planning and work over many months. Thank you to Hana Oresky,
Radha Iyer, Joe Marrolli, Susan Simonelli, Ann Diver, and Katerina Bubnovsky for bringing
Journey to India to life. Thank you, too, to the adult volunteers who helped us set up, chaperone,
and get everything cleaned up after: Oleg Chebotarev, Liz Cutler, John Diver, Sethu Iyer, Patrick
Jackson, Cindy Miller, Abitha Ravichander, Maureen Rourke, Andy Santoro, and Valerie Walker.

It is always our student volunteers who make the formal so successful. Thank you to these
outstanding students: Matthew Ams, Maddie Bitterly, Charlie Doran, Tom Doran, Talia Fiester,
Laura Harmon, Barbara Kaminska, Jack Lynch, Barrett Miller, Lauren Morelli, Rhea
Ravichander, Declan Rourke, Yinhao Sheng, Grace Sheppard, Marli Siciliano, Sierra Steinberg,
Haley Velazquez, Charlotte Walker, Eli Wasserman, DeAnna Weir, and George Yeung.

Our last dance of the season will be our annual pool party, dance, and BBQ at the Princeton
Community Pool on June 3. Swimming will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by BBQ and
dancing from 7:30 to 9 p.m.. For more information or to register, go to princetonrecreation.com or princetonspecialsports.com.

Deborah Martin Norcross
Co-President, Princeton Special Sports

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  • Marianne Carnevale

    There are no words to adequately express our appreciation for everything accomplished by Princeton Special Sports over the years! Bravo!

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