Ministries group to hold fundraising event

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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Dinner, dancing and donating – that is the plan for United Community Ministries’ fourth Shaggin’ for Shelter event this Friday.

“There will be folks shagging and folks dancing throughout the event. There is a retired couple that comes and shows us all up on the dance floor,” UCM Board Chairwoman Melissa Barker said. “There also are people who will just get their dinner plate and sit down and that is where they’ll spend the evening simply taking in the atmosphere as it shows off the Imperial Centre.”

The charity event will start at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction, raffle and live music provided by the eight-piece band, KB and the Shifters, then Gardner’s will have a pig pickin’ at 7 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to win more than 100 donations that include vacations, dinner for two or four, a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts a month for a year, a case of wine, a basket of candles or monogrammed children’s clothes and beach stuff from Augustus and Argyle.

“We have gift cards from Prime Smokehouse, Lou Reda’s and Almands Drugs and more. So many businesses – small and larger – have donated to this,” Barker said. “We have two individuals offering either Greek or Cajun dinner for eight and others who’ve donated their mountain house for a week and their beach house for a week and condos for weekends. We have so much stuff because the community has really gotten behind this event. Now we just need to get people there.”

Organizers sold nearly 150 tickets last year and raised about $17,000 after expenses.

Barker said she’s hoping the addition of a live band this year will make the event more popular and raise more money for the organization’s shelters, soup kitchens and programs for homeless.

“We do not get enough government funds to cover all of our expenses, so we have to fund raise to cover the administrative costs and keep these programs going,” Barker said. “This is our last fundraiser of the year and we’d like to continue improving on the money raised each year.”

While the deadline for tickets has passed, organizers said tickets can be bought anytime and will be for sale at the door as well.

“It is a fun time for everyone who comes,” Barker said.

“Thirty-five dollars covers the raffle, the meal, the band and an evening of fun, all while supporting a great cause.”

For more information, contact the Bassett Center at 985-0078.