Oldies Dance Group has the best fundraising year in 2021

The Oldies Dance Group Committee is donating a check for $9,075 to the Ronald McDonald House of Portland that it raised at a December dance in Biddeford. Bottom left to right, Wendy Twitchell, Helen Vadnais, Connie O’Rourke and Michelle Mondor. Top from left, Diane Dubois, Bruce Martin, Elvis, Alicia Milne of Ronald McDonald House, Ernie Mills and Katherine Russo. Not shown are members of the Oldies Dance Group Committee, Roger and Bonnie Ouellette, Dave Twomey, Charlie and Donna McKenney, Ed and Nancy Pierce and Joyce McGee. Courtesy picture

YORK COUNTY – The exceptional generosity of those who appreciate good music has enabled The Oldies Dance Group to experience its biggest year yet in 2021 while raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.

Hosting its popular Rock n’ Roll Oldies benefit dance in December after an absence of more than two years due to pandemic restrictions, the Oldies Dance Group raised $9,075 for Ronald McDonald House and sold 282 tickets to this event.

Through 18 dances over the past 13 years, The Oldies Dance Group has raised a total of $80,010 for Ronald McDonald House, which comforts the families of pediatric patients and supports programs that directly improve health and well-being. children and enable families centered care to ensure that family members are fully supported and actively involved in their child’s care.

“The generosity of the community in supporting the group’s mission has never wavered,” said Oldies Dance Group organizer Bruce Martin. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended the dances and to those who continue to donate while demonstrating a strong commitment to helping sick children and their families.”

Martin said the popularity of rock n’ roll dances coupled with the community’s willingness to support its fundraising mission through donations and door prizes donated by local businesses has made the dances the biggest fundraiser in community fund for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.

“In December, we received 90 donations and door prizes from businesses and private donors,” Martin said. “In March of last year alone, people gave their ticket money and made other donations, so we made $4,635 for a dance that never happened because of the pandemic. It tells us that the people in this community really care about us.

Businesses and individuals donating for the December Dance include Lord’s Clam Box; JJ Eatery; Marden’s; Jumpin Jacks; Sebago Brewery; Market basket; pine seafood; Lowe; Bayley’s lobster; 99 Restaurant; trill; ace material; at Shaw; federal servants; Duffy’s; Saco frame; Lobster with sea salt; Cole Road Cafe; that of Mulligan; Hair By Karen; David’s sub-shop; Dairy Queen Biddeford; Hannaford; Tackle Saco Bay; and Savvy Rentals.

Copy It also donated to the December Dance; Friendship Ocean Suites; Amvets; university credit union; Golden Rooster; Beach Market; Run Of The Mill; Breakfast all day; Metro; Pizza By Michaels; Reilly’s Bakery; Sugar Mums; Coffee 64; Dickerson’s sweets; that of Rene; Good day Barber; CIA Coffee; fish and lobster from Scarborough; Fast rays; GFB Scottish pub; Nyce nails; Mel’s Raspberry Patch; and the Alisson restaurant.

Other donations to Oldies Dance in December were made by Brady’s Screen Printing; Sewing Sanford; Good Tymes Cafe; Fraternal Order of Eagles; beach bagels; NAPA; Pine Point Charities; Alice Gagne; Jim Godbout Plumbing/Heating; Pauline Roy; Doiron Chiropractic; Mary Award; Jackson Tree Service; Joe Fallo; Coastal Tech Heater; and the Bruce and Joanne Church.

The next Rock n’ Roll Oldies benefit dance will be the 19th dance organized by the Oldies Dance Group and will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on May 7 at Eagle’s Hall, 57 Birch St., Biddeford. Tickets are only $10 and sell out quickly as seating is limited.

Martin said the dances connect with the community because they feature rock n roll tunes from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that people grew up in and are the soundtrack to their lives.

“For a lot of people, it’s a chance to get out of the house and dance the night away while supporting a good cause,” Martin said. “These dances are a great opportunity to listen to great music, get out on the dance floor with your friends, and help raise money for the important work Ronald McDonald House Portland does.”

To purchase tickets or for more information, call Bruce Martin at 284-4692.

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