Valentine's Gala Promotes Partnership and Celebration
Last Friday was Valentine’s Day, and Perry Wellness Center celebrated the occasion in style. From balloons to dancing, peers and staff alike had a memorable day at the center.
In a wellness and recovery program, celebrations are a team effort and an opportunity to practice team building and job completion. Planning for the Valentine’s event began several weeks ago. A picture backdrop for the event was designed and completed by peers, a menu and decorations were planned, musical choices were selected, and supplies were ordered.
As time for the event drew near, Stuart Perry predicted a successful day. “This will be a fun day for all individuals involved in celebration of Perry Wellness Center,” he predicted. “Friday is our ‘free day,’ and to have Valentine’s Day on a Friday will add to the fun and celebration.”
On Valentine’s morning, the cafeteria at PWC was transformed. Tables and chairs had been cleared away, and pink, and white balloons filled the room, along with an array of red roses. After a week of dreary weather, everyone was in the mood for colorful fun.
Peers and staff began to enter the cafeteria at 10:00 a.m. Many wore their best “dress-up” clothes for the event. Designated couples posed at the whimsical peer-designed backdrop. Then music began to play and everyone helped turn the cafeteria into a dance floor. Laughter and music filled the building as individuals and couples danced, modeled fashions, and enjoyed the music.
After a presentation of long-stemmed roses by Stuart and the staff, the group enjoyed a casual sandwich lunch topped of with Valentine cupcakes.
“We cannot celebrate at this level every day, but such laughter, music and friendship prove that we are making progress at Perry Wellness Center,” Stuart said after enjoying the morning’s activities. The PWC founder is looking forward to channeling this level of enthusiasm into spring activities, such as the expansion of Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. But for now, he was content to bask in the spirit of a joyous Valentine’s Day event.
In the photo above, Stuart Perry joins other staff and peers at the wellness dance, amidst a roomful of balloons.