This Valentine’s Day, Disability Equity Center celebrated with music, food, prizes and community. The DEC Valentine’s Dance and fundraiser at Corvallis Community Center (C3) was a sparkling event put on to celebrate “Love Without Bounds”.
Cameo Perrells, DEC’s events and fundraising coordinator says the theme of “Love Without Bounds” was chosen as a way to celebrate dating and sexuality in the disabilities community.
Attended by local DEC community members such as Laura Estreich, Zina Allen, and DEC board chair Allison Hobgood, the event featured food, a glamorous photo booth, music by DJ Sav Trav, and a raffle fundraiser for DEC. Many of the items in the fundraiser were donated by DEC community members and the Albany Liquidation Warehouse.
Perrells said the fundraiser will support more inclusive programming at DEC, including monthly meet ups in the community. “A lot of people are asking for more adult activities,” Perrells said, and so DEC is looking to host more casual get-togethers at local restaurants and bars in the next few months.
The fundraiser is also a way to engage the community in directly funding DEC activities. “We want to let people know what we’re offering has value,” Perrells stated.
Disability Equity Center is accepting online donations through our page on Network for Good (click the link to learn more).
Other fundraisers coming up might include a summer gala, a DEC birthday party, and a bake sale.
“I really like the bake sales,” Perrells said, “because it’s something made by people with disabilities and going to support people with disabilities, and it’s something people really want.”
More community events are coming soon for DEC: look out for a camping trip with Adventures without Limits and more monthly meet ups!
Photos and blog by Jen Hernandez for Disability Equity Center. All images used with permission for DEC only.