YORK COUNTY – The pandemic may have forced the Oldies Dance Group to postpone its popular October dance, but it hasn’t stopped businesses from donating to the fundraising organization and it has put plans for a Rock n ‘Roll Oldies benefit dance in Biddeford.
According to Oldies Dance Group organizer Bruce Martin, to date the organization has raised $ 74,300 for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland and although the October dance has been moved to December 4, the generosity of the community to support the group’s mission has never hesitated.
“We are extremely grateful that even though the dancing has been put on hold due to the pandemic, those who have made donations continue to demonstrate a significant commitment to helping sick children and their families,” said Martin.
Businesses and individuals donating this fall include Saco / Biddeford Savings Institution; Southern Maine Specialties Inc .; Marc Motors; Bob & Mike’s Mini Mart Inc .; Michelle Parent; Prescott Legal Group Jamieson Murphy; Jacklyn Tierney; Webb LLC Law Firm; Lisa Lavigne; Town & Country Federal Credit Union; International Sound Society; crest motel; Uptown O’Leary’s faucet; Surf 6; Alouette OOB Ocean Front Resort; crosswind motel; north-eastern transmission; Long arm quilt; Golda Mendelson Schlossberg; Deer antlers; Halo and hair gallery; Hanson’s Hometown Hardware Store; Landry’s Shop n Save; Lou Automotive Service Center; Diane and Ed Dubois; and Ray’s Market.
The Rock n ‘Roll Oldies Benefit Dance will be the 18th dance hosted by the Oldies Dance Group and will be held from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Eagle’s Hall, 57 Birch St., Biddeford and is one Maine’s largest fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Portland, which provides solace to the families of pediatric patients and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and enable family-centered care for ensure that family members are fully supported and actively involved in the care of their child.
Tickets are just $ 10 and sell out quickly and seats are limited.
“It’s really amazing how fast these tickets are selling,” Martin said. “For our last dance in October 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic, we sold 303 tickets in just four days and had to turn away 122 other people who wanted to attend. “
Martin said the dances connect with the community as they feature the best rock n roll music from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and it’s a chance to get out of the house and dance the night away while supporting a great cause.
“People love rock n ‘roll and they love to dance,” Martin said. “These ancient dances are an opportunity to listen to your favorite tunes and music that we all grew up with and to help raise funds for the important work that the Ronald McDonald House of Portland does. “
Vaccination cards will be required for entry.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call Bruce Martin at 207-284-4692.