Rock-a-thon raises money for senior services

Published 9:24 am Thursday, April 19, 2018

Many Davie County folks were “rocking in the sand” on Friday, March 23 at Senior Services’ annual Rock-a-Thon fundraiser, which had a beach theme.

Approximately 225 people came out to rock, eat and enjoy the entertainment.  Participants in the rock-a-thon formed teams and secured sponsors for their time rocking in the chairs.  The community was invited, and was treated to non-stop entertainment.

Headlining the entertainment line-up was the band, Branded, which kept the crowd on their feet dancing along to their favorite beach, rock and country songs. Also entertaining was the “Boogie Brigade” line dancers and some fun games of bingo.

Ongoing throughout the night children and adults enjoyed getting their face painted, playing in the sand box, playing cornhole and snapping a photo in the photo booth.  Hot Diggity Dogs kept the crowd full with a food truck on site.

There were eight rocking teams representing several groups at Davie Senior Services.

Teams included:

• Rita’s Rowdy Rockers (Rita Keen, captain);

• Rockabillys (Lanna Pace, captain);

• Davie Guy & Dolls (Judy Phillips, captain);

• Rocking Rockers (Sandi Winston, captain);

• Yesterday’s Kids (Jessica Smith, captain);

• Yoga Surfers (Kim Crawford, captain);

• Boogie Brigade (Jane Foster, captain);

• Rockin Sensations (Sammie Clement, captain).

Teams engaged in a friendly competition to see which one could raise the most money.  The winning team for the night was the Boogie Brigade team, raising more than $2,400.  They will be recognized with an event in their honor in the following weeks. The Boogie Brigade also took home bragging rights by winning the crowd favorite for their rocking chair.

The event could not have happened without the tremendous support of Rescue House Church. Not only did they provide the venue for the event, but they also provided all of the volunteers.  “Friendly and energetic church members helped to set up, clean up, provided face painting, helped with bingo, built a photo booth, served as greeters and much more,” said Kim Shuskey, senior services director.

This was again a record-setting year, with $9,801 raised. This money will go to support the programs and services offered by Davie County Senior Services.

“I cannot thank everyone enough for the support they gave to us at this event”, said Shuskey. “From the record-breaking amount of money raised to the amazing volunteers from the church, we are so grateful.  This event was a fun celebration of our wonderful participants, volunteers and the community.”