This weekend hundreds of special needs adults will be having the time of their lives at a holiday party just for them. The Christmas Party For Atlanta's Special Citizens is now in its 47th year.
The party was started by Bernie and Susan Eisenstein because they believed adults with physical and mental disabilities are often overlooked and they wanted to do something special for them. That first year there were only 4 guests. A couple of decades ago Enid and Jerry Draluck took over as hosts and organizers. Overtime the guest list exploded to more than 650 people from throughout metro Atlanta.
The Dralucks spend all year organizing, collecting donations and calling in favors from friends. But they say it's worth every ounce of energy they put into it. They say it's the best day of their year. “A lot of these people don't get out very often and we pull out all the punches so they have a good time. It's amazing the energy in the room, there's nonstop music and dancing,” says Jerry.
The Dralucks say the party can't get much bigger, they've already maxed out the ballroom at the Omni Hotel. But next on their list, they'd like to find a way to do something for the caregivers who spend every day of the year caring for adults with disabilities. “We want to do something for the caregivers, get them a special gift to show they're appreciated for the job they do, we're trying to figure out a way to make that happen,” says Enid.
The Christmas Party for Atlanta's Special Citizens is Sunday at 11.