17th Annual Holiday Formal - December 17, 2023
The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY
It’s almost time to party! Our 17th Annual Holiday Formal will be happening at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie on Sunday December 17th from 12:30pm to 4pm.
The Story Behind Holiday Formal
Jennifer Wells, Director of Day and Community Programs for In Flight, Inc., created the Annual Holiday Formal as a positive opportunity to offer the community of local people with disabilities, their family, and their staff/provider agencies a chance to come together and celebrate in an inclusive and accessible space. People with disabilities often cannot attend large events similar to the Holiday Formal due to various barriers such as accessibility, transportation, staffing, and many more.
In 2005, Jennifer Wells decided to combat the inaccessibility for people with disabilities by creating The Holiday Formal. She was inspired by New York State's holiday dance in Fishkill, NY, and decided to host her own party after the State could not continue theirs. Starting as a small dance for 40 people in a local restaurant, Wells grew this event while expanding her professional repertoire and bringing it to other agencies in the area, with the aim of reaching as many people with disabilities in the Hudson Valley as possible. In fact, 450 people attended the Annual Holiday Formal in 2019. In 2018, Jennifer Wells began working at In Flight, Inc. and brought the Annual Holiday Formal with her.
Purchase Your Tickets Today!
Tickets are $50 per person and will be on sale October 1st and continue until November 3rd. Please call or email to reserve your spot and have payment in, no later than November 3rd.
Everyone who attends requires a ticket including staff and caregivers. No supervision will be provided.
Additionally, please include any modified diet needs, seating requests, and wheelchairs in your RSVP.
Payments can be dropped of via check or cash to 87 E Market St. Suite 104 in Red Hook.
Thank You To Our 17th Annual Holiday Formal Sponsors!