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Dance supports literacy

Annual event raised more than $5,000

POSTED: April 17, 2013 4:00 a.m.
Michele Hester Dawson Community News/

Janet Ilardi watches to see how low her date Fred Schwegel can twist on the dance floor Saturday night.

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A fundraiser Saturday night had couples twisting the night away for literacy.

The annual golden oldies trivia dinner dance collected more than $5,000 for Reading Education Association of Dawson County's mission to improve lives through literacy in the community.

"I was just delighted with the number of people that showed up. I think everybody had a great time," said R.E.A.D. chairman Joe Hirsch.

R.E.A.D., which supports a number of literacy efforts, is most recognized in the community for providing funding toward GED preparation and testing.

"The revenue from the event goes to promote literacy in our county and enables us to raise the bar and in turn hopefully help more people," Hirsch said. "We're building more and more students each year."

Held at Peach Brandy Cottage, Saturday's event paired teams answering rock trivia from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, with questions ranging from "who is considered the King of Pop," to the first girl group to hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top 40.

(And for those scratching their heads, the answers were Michael Jackson and The Shirelles.)

The three winning teams donated their cash prizes to R.E.A.D.

Peach Brandy Cottage also made a special donation to the organization and congratulated volunteers for their work in the community.

R.E.A.D. Executive Director Sandy Lipkowitz said she was overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone in attendance.

"I love it when our community comes together and has a good time for a good cause," she said.

Trivia was followed by music from the early decades of rock ‘n' roll that had girls in Bobbie socks and poodle skirts dragging their dates to the dance floor.

"We're always looking for a fun way to raise money to help people," Lipkowitz said. "We want to give people a new start, a second chance, a third chance if it's needed to make their lives better and their families better, and all this helps that."

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