Hillsborough YMCA and GiGi’s Playhouse Host Sweetheart Dance for Adults with Special Needs


Pictured: Karen Briegs and Chris Bove GiGis Playhouse – Karen Briegs, chair of Hillsborough YMCA’s Togetherhood® committee, with Chris Bove, a guest at the Sweetheart Dance.

Hillsborough, N.J. – Feb. 22, 2019 – Volunteers and staff from Hillsborough YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, opened their hearts by hosting a Sweetheart Dance for adults with special needs on February 14.

The dance was held at GiGi’s Playhouse in Hillsborough, an organization that provides free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome. Nearly 50 people attended the Valentine’s-themed event.

DJ Mark Heywood and dance instructors Denel and Eden Bingel worked the mike to get everyone on the dance floor. Guests enjoyed delicious Valentine’s sweet treats such as cookies and cake, and took in the ambience, which featured festive and beautiful decorations that included colorful balloons from US Dollar Plus.

The Sweetheart Dance was organized by Hillsborough YMCA’s Togetherhood®, the Y’s volunteer-led service program that addresses community needs. Dozens of Y volunteers of all ages participated to help make the event a complete success.

As a charitable organization, Somerset County YMCA’s cause is to strengthen the community and works to deliver mission-driven programs and events that inspire people of all ages, support overall health and welling, and provide opportunities to give back.

For more information on Hillsborough YMCA and services provided, visit www.somersetcountyymca.org.

Pictured: Hillsborough YMCA staff and volunteers, GiGi’s Playhouse staff and Sweetheart Dance guests gather for a group photo

About Somerset County YMCA

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For information about Somerset County YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at www.somersetcountyymca.org

About GiGi’s Playhouse

GiGi’s Playhouse of Hillsborough opened its’ doors to the community on January 11, 2015. Since that day we have welcomed over 300 families from throughout New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania who have made us apart of lives. As the only location in New Jersey, we have made a lifetime commitment to offer support from diagnosis through adulthood, to build confidence, and to send a global message of acceptance for all, while changing the way the world sees Down syndrome.

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