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Somers Hosts Special Olympics Dinner Dance

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The Somers Special Olympics team Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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Somers girls lacrosse players volunteered to serve up dinner to Special Olympics participants from Westchester and Putnam counties. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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James poses with the Somers Elephant. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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Justin and Marc Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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Some members of Let’s Play It Forward: John Mollaghan, Vincent Cartelli, Jared Rannekleiv, Jacklyn Romani, Ryan and Meredith Wilson, and Antonio Sessa Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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Katy Favre introduces some of the members of Let’s Play It Forward group who helps get sports equipment donated to the athletes of the Special Olympics games. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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Chris and Mitch Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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Becky and Connor Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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Sylvia Giorgio with her son Joey, 12 Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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Volunteers Aine Hoekstra, 12, Alliyah Guerrido, 14, Kelsey Collura, 14, and Nora Searles, 14 Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
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SOMERS, N.Y. – On Wednesday, June 7, the Hudson Valley Special Olympics Pioneer League held its annual dinner dance, hosted by the Somers team at Somers High School. More than 150 Special Olympic athletes from 15 teams, along with coaches and volunteers, attended. Dinner, drinks and desserts were contributed by many local restaurants, and the Spotlight Dance Studio senior team volunteered to dance with the athletes.

All photos by Tabitha Pearson Marshall

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