Two local non-profit organizations are joining forces to create A Night To Remember for people with special needs in the eastern Oklahoma area. Special Olympics Oklahoma – Area 10 and Pervasive Parenting Center will host a formal dance on Saturday, April 23. This is open to all individuals with special needs from ages 14 (or 8th grade) and up regardless of where they are from.

Attendees will take photos from 4-5 p.m., followed by dinner from 5-6 p.m. and the dance will be held from 6-8 p.m.

The dance will be sensory friendly with little-to-no flashing lights and a section for attendees to visit if they become overstimulated or overwhelmed.

One partner, or buddy, will be allowed to attend per person.

Each attendee with a disability will also receive a commemorative t-shirt with the option to purchase additional shirts for their partners.

"The event is being held to provide a formal social event for individuals with special needs around our area," said Tanna Weaver, Special Olympics Oklahoma – Area 10 representative. "After individuals leave high school, the opportunities to interact with others become very limited. By holding events like this, we hope to provide opportunities for special need individuals to get out, socialize, and make new friends."

"This is a really cool opportunity for everyone," said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. "We had seen many of these events taking place, and when the Special Olympics presented us a chance to help out we jumped at it. I think it will be a fun event for those who may not be so comfortable to go to other dances, and will allow them to enjoy a night just for them."

Registration for the dance can be found on the Special Olympics website at: www.sookarea10.com, or at www.pervasiveparentingcenter.org. You can also go to Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-to-remember-tickets-22281566766.

The deadline to register is Thursday, March 31.

For more information contact Tanna Weaver at 918-658-5381 or tannaweaver@msn.com.