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Dance raises money for childrens books
Barn Dance pic
Line Dance caller Bill Agerton demonstrates how to circle-dance using Jane Graves as an assistant. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

The weather may have been chilly on April 27, but the dancing and barbeque helped keep everyone warm.

WEE Books held its sixth annual barn dance at the Kinsey Family Farm. The yearly fundraiser helps to provide age-appropriate books to children age birth through 5 years in the Dawson County area.

"It was definitely the coldest we've ever had weather-wise, but the warmest in generosity and participation," said Jane Graves, WEE Books volunteer. "It was perfect Brunswick stew weather even if few were interested in the iced lemonade this year."

According to Graves, the barn dance raised more than $5,000 for WEE Books.

Ninety-nine percent of funds raised for WEE Books events like the barn dance go entirely to pay for age appropriate books purchased and mailed once a month from the Ferst Foundation of Georgia to enrolled Dawson County children through five years.

It takes about $36 to pay for one child for a year.

All children under the age of 5 living in Dawson County are eligible to enroll.

The event had a wide variety to offer, including barbeque provided by Mark Lenyk of Blue Sky Barbeque, a cake auction for the charity and line dancing, with moves called by Bill Agerton and lessons from Mary and Anna Warnke of Ballet Etc.

"It's great to be involved in activities that kids and adults can enjoy together, like dancing, chatting or reading, instead of watching a screen or texting," Graves said. "It was a fantastic, fundraising evening."