Top Hat Christmas Ball benefits Special Olympics

Olympian Jared Schmidt will be the special guest at the Top Hat Christmas Ball.

Olympian Jared Schmidt will be the special guest at the Top Hat Christmas Ball.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Sedona Police Department is teaming up with Sedona Ballroom Dance Studio and Sedona Rouge to raise funds for Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run with the Top Hat Christmas Ball.

Come to the Sedona Rouge from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to support the athletes of Special Olympics Arizona. Enjoy a semi-formal night of open dancing and performances by Sedona Ballroom Students and Professionals. A dessert selection and cash bar will be provided.

Local Special Olympics athletes will be in attendance.

Cost is $35 per person or $60 per couple. Tickets are available at the Sedona Ballroom Dance Studio, the Sedona Police Department and at the door. Space is limited so purchase your tickets early. All proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics. Call Sedona Ballroom Dance Studio for further information at (928) 282-1678.

Sedona Police Department is proud to be hosting this event for the Special Olympics. This is a wonderful group of people with intellectual disabilities, and often the Special Olympics is the only place they have an opportunity to participate in their community and develop belief in themselves. Special Olympic sports provide a gateway to empower competence, acceptance and joy.

The lessons learned in Special Olympics also impact their life skills. Sports training enhances focus and give participants a structure for learning important lessons about perseverance, endurance and setting goals. Many people are surprised to know, more that half of adult Special Olympics athletes in the United States are employed, versus 10 percent of intellectually disabled persons who do not participate in Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The goal of the Special Olympics Arizona is to empower the more than 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members of society through SOAZ's year-round sports training, competitions and support programs.

Jared Schmidt will be the special guest. Jared has more than 152 world titles in the Special Olympics, which include 18 first place gold medals in the World Special Olympics. Jared has been the "Poster Child" for the Special Olympics in California and good buddies with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jared will be performing the Cha Cha with his favorite cousin Jenny Barton professional dancer for Sedona Ballroom.

There are 90 Special Olympians in the Verde Valley alone. This is a program that is forgotten by many and needs your support.

For more information about this event or if you would like to be a sponsor, contact Rena at the Sedona Police Department (928) 282-3100.

Sedona Police Department, Sedona Rouge Resort & Spa and the Sedona Ballroom are proud sponsors of this event

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