Boogie Down to Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Mirror ballEnjoy a 1970s themed dance party at Public Tenley this Saturday night and help raise funds for the Special Olympics of Washington, DC.

For the second year in a row, a group of Tenleytown neighbors who call themselves the Brandywinos is hosting a Disco Night to support sports and fitness training, health screenings and other programs for citizens with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia.

Marcello Muzzatti, the self-described unofficial “ring leader” of these Brandywine Street residents, says he chose the Special Olympics because he “wanted something in law enforcement since that was what I came from, but [I] wanted something in the community [as well].” As president of the DC Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Muzzatti thought the Special Olympics was a particularly good fit as “law enforcement and the FOP play a role in the Torch Run they have every year.”

Founded in 1969, Special Olympics D.C. is a nonprofit organization providing quality sports and fitness opportunities for citizens with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia. All of the programs they provide are offered free of charge.

In its inaugural year, the Disco Night raised several hundred dollars for Special Olympics D.C., and Muzzatti hopes to raise even more funds this year.

Tickets for the party are only $5.00 per person, and can be purchased at the door. In addition to ‘70s dance tunes spun by Jeff Duer – better known as Just Jeff the DJ – there will be drink specials, door prizes and a costume contest. So put on your favorite 1970s duds, grab a friend, and come support a good cause while you have a good time.

The party begins at 8:00 p.m. at Public Tenley, located at 4611 41st Street, NW, and is Metro accessible via the Red Line.