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By Siri Schuchardt
Special to The PREVIEW
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and the “Wearing of the Green” will be the theme of the very first “Dance for the Non-Profits” event on Friday, March 15, from 7-10 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
The idea is to raise much needed funds for our local charitable organizations while having a great night out on the town at a reasonable price. These dances will be just that — dances! There will be no silent or live auctions and no speeches, just a fun-filled evening dancing and listening to some great music provided by local DJs “Dusty” and “DJ Dude”.
There will be three dances this year with specific organizations chosen for each dance as follows:
Dance for the Families — March 15: Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Archuleta County Education Center, Pagosa Youth Center, Justice Ministries, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, The Nurturing Center, and Pagosa Outreach Connection.
Dance for Disaster Relief — June 21: Red Cross, Pagosa Fire Auxiliary, Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, Colorado Mounted Search and Rescue, San Juan Mounted Patrol, Upper San Juan EMT Association and Salvation Army.
Dance To Make A Difference — Oct. 11: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Archuleta Seniors, Inc., Seeds of Learning, Head Start, Hospice of Mercy, Habitat for Humanity, Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County, and Pagosa Crime Stoppers.
Proceeds from each dance will be split among three of the charities slated above for that particular dance — money that will stay in our community to help others in need. When each attendee checks in, he or she will be given three voting slips to vote for their favorite charity or charities. All three slips can be put into one charity’s box or can be spread out among multiple boxes. The three charities with the most votes will each win one-third of the proceeds from ticket sales (less food expense). The more people who attend, the more those three charities will win, so spread the word and get your friends and neighbors out to attend these wonderful events.
These dances are adult events, and tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with beer, wine, and a signature drink created especially for the evening; “The Lucky Leprechaun” will be the first signature drink in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and it will be delicious!
The community center, a nonprofit that certainly benefits the community, will receive the proceeds from the cash bar at each dance.
Tickets are available at the community center and at Old Towne Market. Tables for 8-10 can be reserved through the community center with the purchase of a minimum of eight tickets.
So, dig out the “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” buttons, find something green to wear (not required and you won’t get pinched if you don’t) and come on out for a fun and affordable evening out on the town while helping to raise funds for some very important local charities.
For more information, please contact the community center at 264-4152 or Siri Schuchardt at 731-9670.