Capable Kids Country Dance

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The Capable Kids Foundation recently hosted an annual event to celebrate its members who are 14 years old and up. Prior to COVID-19, the foundation hosted an annual prom, but the pandemic pushed them to get creative on how they could best celebrate their members while still looking out for their health.

Capable Kids hosted their first country dance with over 170 guests at the La Estrella Ranch in Mission. The members were greeted at the sign-in tables by the smiling faces of volunteers and staff who were eager to assist them in starting off their exciting night.

Along with their caregivers, all of the members were decked out in amazing country outfits with cowboy hats, bandanas, western shirts, denim dresses, and cowboy boots to dance, mingle, and enjoy their night.

La Estrella Ranch was the perfect place for the event as it balanced elegance with the rustic look that would normally be found at a country dance. The tables were decorated with beautiful tablecloths and sunflower centerpieces that added the ideal amount of glam for the event.

The night was full of members dancing to classic country songs, line dances, popular hits, and some more of their favorite songs. Throughout the night, volunteers from different high schools and organizations across the Rio Grande Valley joined the members on the dance floor, which made for a night of unity and excitement.

At the tables, members could be found mingling with their friends and family, enjoying great food, and celebrating their night. You could also find them taking pictures at their Mirroring Memories Photo Booth.

By the end of the night, members, staff, volunteers, and caregivers were all seen wobbling their way to their cars after a long night of dancing, eating, partying, and fun. While many of the members and other guests present may have left with blistered feet from their boots, they also left with wonderful memories that will stay with them forever.

Preparing for this event included a plethora of phone calls to local businesses, coordinating with staff and board members, and of course, reaching out to local businesses who would possibly be interested in sponsoring the event. To say that this event was a community effort would be an understatement. This event truly would not have been possible without the amazing support of the community.

Capable Kids would like to thank its amazing sponsors, including H-E-B, Church’s Chicken, Elotera M&C, Elevents Events, Carol Watson, Mirroring Memories, Materiales El Valle, Courtyard by Marriott SPI, Peter Piper Pizza, RGVDS, and PNC Bank.

Capable Kids Foundation’s next country dance was held toward the end of April in Los Fresnos to serve their Lower Valley members. The organization is still eager to hear from anyone who is interested in helping with the next event.

For more information on how you can get involved, you can contact Capable Kids via email at info@ckrgv.org.

Karina Rodriguez