The Oldies Dance Group has announced that it has posted its biggest fundraising year yet in 2021 while raising money for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland. The band made the announcement in a March 6 press release.
Hosting its Rock ‘n’ Roll Oldies benefit dance in December after an absence of more than two years due to pandemic restrictions, the Oldies Dance Group raised $9,075 for Ronald McDonald House and sold 282 tickets to the event.
Through 18 dances over the past 13 years, The Oldies Dance Group has raised a total of $80,010 for Ronald McDonald House, which comforts the families of pediatric patients and supports programs that directly improve health and well-being. children and enable families with child-centred care to ensure that family members are fully supported and actively involved in the care of their child.
“The generosity of the community in supporting the group’s mission has never wavered,” Oldies Dance Group organizer Bruce Martin said in the press release. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended the dances and to those who continue to donate while demonstrating a strong commitment to helping sick children and their families.”
Martin said the popularity of rock n’ roll dances coupled with the community’s willingness to support its fundraising mission through donations and door prizes donated by local businesses has made the dances the biggest fundraiser in community fund for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.
“In December, we received 90 donations and door prizes from corporate and private donors,” Martin said in an email. “In March of last year alone, people donated their ticket money and made other donations, so we made $4,635 for a dance that never happened because of the pandemic. It tells us that the people in this community really care about us.
Businesses and individuals donating for the December Dance include Lord’s Clam Box, JJ Eatery, Marden’s, Jumpin Jacks, Sebago Brewery, Market Basket, Pine Tree Seafood, Lowe’s, Bayley’s Lobster, 99 Restaurant, Trillium, Ace Hardware, Shaw’s, Federal Jacks, Duffy’s, Saco Frame, Sea Salt Lobster, Cole Road Café, Mulligan’s, Hair By Karen, David’s Sub Shop, Dairy Queen Biddeford, Hannaford, Saco Bay Tackle and Savvy Rentals.
Copy It, Friendship Ocean Suites, Amvets, University Credit Union, Golden Rooster, Beachway Market, Run Of The Mill, All Day Breakfast, Subway, Pizza By Michaels, Reilly’s Bakery, Sugar Mamas, Café 64 have also made dance donations of December. , Dickerson’s Candy, Reny’s, Good Day Barber, CIA Café, Scarborough Fish & Lobster, Rapid Ray’s, GFB Scottish Pub, Nyce Nails, Mel’s Raspberry Patch and Alisson’s Restaurant.
Other donations to Oldies Dance in December were made by Brady’s Screen Printing, Sanford Sewing, Good Tymes Café, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Beach Bagel, NAPA, Pine Point Charities, Alice Gagne, Jim Godbout Plumbing/Heating, Pauline Roy, Doiron Chiropractic, Mary Price, Jackson’s Tree Service, Joe Fallo, Coastal Tech Heating, and Bruce and Joanne Church.
The next Rock ‘n’ Roll Oldies benefit dance will be the 19th dance organized by the Oldies Dance Group and will be held from 7pm to midnight on May 7 at Eagle’s Hall, 57 Birch St., Biddeford. Tickets are $10 and sell out quickly as seating is limited.
Martin said the dances connect with the community because they feature rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that people grew up in and are the soundtrack to their lives.
“For a lot of people, it’s a chance to get out of the house and dance the night away while supporting a good cause,” Martin said. “These dances are a great opportunity to listen to great music, get out on the dance floor with your friends, and help raise money for the important work Ronald McDonald House Portland does.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bruce Martin at 284-4692.