Students Organize Dance for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Walsh University students rolled out the red carpet and hosted a Hollywood themed Cav Bash dance and social gathering for more than 75 local adults with developmental disabilities on Friday, January 31. With support from the Department of Education, Walsh University Student Government and First Christian Church, more than 150 volunteers including students, faculty, staff and alumni participated throughout the night as buddies, booth supervisors, dance floor leaders, dining helpers and more.

"Walsh has so many resources and incredible students looking to not only volunteer but have a good time,” said senior event organizer Jackie Noelker. “This dance offered the opportunity for both the guests with development disabilities and Walsh students to enjoy a night of games, dancing and community." 

Every Cav Bash guest was matched with a buddy who accompanied them during the event as they dined, danced and played games such as bingo and karaoke. Volunteers were trained on how to best accompany their guest preceding the event. The evening also provided caretakers, parents and guardians a night out. 

The Cav Bash Board is a new student organization on campus comprised of students from all different majors, including founding members Bradley Caston, Morgan Rowan, Mary Hyland, Allison Brazer, Madison Cox and Jackie Noelker. 

“Our community is made up of all kinds of people and the Cav Bash was a way to bring the community together and share an evening of dining, dancing and building relationships with all people in our community,” said faculty advisor Dr. Gary Jacobs, Division of Education. “This event brought members across Cav Nation together to volunteer and our mission of service to others was demonstrated by all.”