SoCal Huskies

Making a Difference. Together

When University of Washington alumni come together, great things happen. They make their communities better, help people in need and, of course, have a lot of fun. The SoCal Huskies did all of that and more at their annual day of service over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

For the second year in a row, 13 UW volunteers headed to the San Fernando Valley to spend the afternoon at Valley Village, a nonprofit facility dedicated to caring for men and women with developmental disabilities. Husky alumni and friends made crafts and busted a move with Valley Village clients. While some made rainbows by cutting paper plates in half, others got a serious workout dancing to the DJ’s mix of oldies, hip-hop and Top 40 tunes.

“It was really nice seeing many of the clients we met last year, I even recognized some of their dance moves!” said Husky alum Debbie Brand, ’88. Everyone loved the chance to see alums and support one of their own — Jenny Daniels Freese, ‘98, is the Director of Development for Valley Village and a fellow Dawg!

SoCal Huskies Day of Service

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Debbie Brand, '88, dances the day away with a Valley Village client.

Rhonda Smith and a new friend smile for the camera.

Jessica Handy, '93, cuts a rug with Valley Village clients.

Jessica Handy, '93, shares a moment with a Valley Village client.

Debbie Brand, '88, bust a move on the dance floor.

Debbie Brand, '88, smiles from a line of dancers.

Dan Leong, '79, and Rhonda Smith join in on the fun.

Dan Leong, '79; Debbie Brand, '88; a Valley Village friend who happened to be wearing a husky shirt; Jessica Handy, '93; Anne Vitolo, '87; and Allen Freese, '00.