Valentine’s Day dance for the disabled

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One of the few social events for adults with mental and physical disabilities will continue, thanks to the Village Inn Event Center in Clemmons.

“It was like an answered prayer,” says No Limits II organizer Gina Miller.

Miller had been looking for a larger venue since they ran out of room in November.

“I think people see what the need is. It’s a population that needs this event.”

A few weeks ago, Miller says she received a call from the owner and general manager of the Village Inn Event Center who said they would open their doors for free.

The call came just in time for the Sweetheart Dance on February 15.

“I knew that we had the space for them,” said general manager Lana Schlotfeldt who heard about the need, and along with owner Dana Bryson, are giving the organization their 10,000 square foot banquet room with the Triad’s largest permanent dance floor.

The inn is also providing tables, chairs and a DJ at no charge.

“We are talking about two hours to dance and it means so much more to them,” Schlotfeldt said.

The event first started at Sunrise United Methodist Church in Clemmons and quickly outgrew the facility.

In 2005, the event was moved to a larger gym at Pinedale Christian Church in Winston-Salem, where the event again ran out of space last year.

With everything paid, the only thing organizers need now are more volunteers to help with the growing crowd.

“You think you’re coming to bless somebody, but you are going to leave so blessed,” said Miller.

For more information on No Limits II and how you can volunteer, visit enrichmentarc.org or contact Gina Miller at (336)-777-0076.

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