You can dance the night away and raise money for a worthwhile cause, all at the same time.
Dance-A-Palooza – billed as “Loudoun’s Best Dance Party for Charity – will get hopping and bopping at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at the historic Tally Ho Theater.
Net proceeds will benefit the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) in Leesburg. To purchase tickets, visit tallyhotheater.com.
“With what’s going on in our culture, with the Me Too movement and everything, we thought this would be a worthy cause,” event coordinator and former Washington Redskin David Harbour said. “We reached out to them and they said, ‘Yeah, we would love to work with you.’
“It’s a no-brainer. It’s a way to have a great time and help not only women but children and families in abusive situations.”
LAWS is a non-profit group that receives some grant money from federal, state and local sources, but it relies on donations to provide its wide-ranging services and programs.
“We are the designated domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center for Loudoun County,” Executive Director Judy Hanley said. “We offer holistic services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse, from the shelter to advocacy to counseling and education.”
Harbour said he decided on a dance party for the fund-raiser as a way of being unique in the community.
“There are all kinds of charity events that I have done, but I wanted to do something outside the box,” Harbour said. “I wanted it to be something unusual and something the community could really jump on board with and really enjoy.”
Having decided on the dance party theme, Harbour decided to go all out and try to capture the atmosphere of a big-city dance club.
“We are going to bring Studio 54 to Leesburg,” he said. “We are having a DJ and we are trying to get a smoke machine and we are going to have a dance contest and a dance line, just like the old “Soul Train” show.”
Admission is $10. In addition, there will be a VIP area for sponsors and food and beverages available through the Tally Ho. Harbour said there will be regular drawings for raffle prizes throughout the evening.
The raffle prizes are everything from Redskins stuff to opening day tickets for the Nats and golf packages,” Harbour said. “We also have items from hair care places, and we will do a 50-50 drawing at the end of the night.”
In addition, Harbour said glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark clothing will be available (visit flashionstatement.com) and the music is specifically chosen to keep everyone jumping.
“We have put together a list of what we think are the best dance songs of all time, from the 60s, 70s and up to now,” he said. “Come and wear comfortable shoes, because you are going to be dancing the three hours.”
Hanley said she was overwhelmed when Harbour approached her with the idea.
“It was awesome,” Hanley said. “We are so thankful that he chose us and our cause to raise funds for.”
LAWS offers help with a 24-hour crisis helpline: 703-777-6552. To learn more about services offered by LAWS or to contribute, visit lcsj.org.