Having Fun, While Making a Difference in Our Community

By Krishna Rajagopalan

The AbilityFirst sponsored “What Happens in Vegas” event was held on February 10th at the Ability First Center in Pasadena. AbilityFirst is an organization dedicated to helping children and adults with physical and mental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. At the event, AGS members helped out  in various ways, from setting up to working as bartenders  as well as running the casino games. Those working as bartenders learned to make a number of different mocktails mixed with various fruit juices and syrups. Those working the casino games helped out with the bingo game as well as blackjack.

Members also assisted with setting up the event as well as with the raffle at the end of the evening. Members definitely learned a variety of skills from customer service to preparing drinks. AGS continues to work with AbilityFirst at their events including the Rave Dance, and the AbilityFirst Pancake Breakfast and Hooray for Hollywood.  Through volunteering with AbilityFirst our chapter becomes more aware of social issues such as working with people with physical and mental disabilities. We are proud of the relationship that we have built with AbilityFirst through collaborating with them in as many ways as possible and we plan to continue working with them.  Organizations such as AbilityFirst aim to provide their clients a safe and supportive environment so that they are able to receive the help that they need. Through holding various events such as What Happens in Vegas AbilityFirst allows its clients to be exposed social events in which clients can interact with another in a friendly environment.