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OAHS LEOs Club to hold all-night dance-a-thon to benefit CF Foundation

The Oxford Area High School chapter of LEOs is giving students and community members a chance to dance all night while helping others to breathe easier and see better.

LEOs, a student community service organization of Lions Clubs International sponsored by the Oxford Lions Club, will hold its second annual Dance-a-thon from the evening of Friday, February 15 to the early morning of Saturday, February 16 at Redman’s Hall, Route 472 and Brick Road, Oxford. Admission is $3 at the door, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The event will actually include two dance-a-thons: middle school students are invited to dance from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening. High school students and adults will be able to dance from 9 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday.


Officers of the Oxford Area High School LEOs Club are, from left, seniors Liz Hershey, secretary; Caroline Hamilton, treasurer; Anne Nusbaum, vice-president; and Alice Ledger, president; and junior Mary Rachel Ledger, liaison to the Oxford Lions Club. LEOs will sponsor a dance-a-thon to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16 at Redman’s Hall in Oxford.  

Unlike the dance marathons of the 1930s, the dance-a-thon will not be a test of endurance but an all-night party. LEOs parent Mike Blessington will DJ and concessions will be available all night at very low prices.

“When people aren’t dancing they can enjoy refreshments or play games like limbo,” said LEOs President Alice Ledger. “Lions Club members and teachers will serve as chaperones throughout the night.

“We want the dance-a-thon to be a fun social gathering. Everyone in Oxford and the surrounding school districts is welcome.”

Food vouchers will be provided to anyone who donates a pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses, or eyeglass case, as part of Lions International’s Recycle for Sight program. Glasses are cleaned, sorted by prescription strength and distributed to people in need in developing countries.

Members of the LEOs Club, which is now in its third year at Oxford Area High School, decided to have the dance-a-thon benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation after learning more about the disease from a classmate diagnosed with CF, a life-threatening disorder that causes severe lung damage and nutritional deficiencies. While that student has graduated, Miss Ledger knows of another high school student as well as a Penn’s Grove Middle School student who both deal with CF on a daily basis.

“During the week of the dance-a-thon we will play videos about CF awareness during lunches,” said Alice. “We’ll also raise funds for the CF Foundation by having a huge candy jar that someone will win by guessing how many pieces are inside, at 25 cents per guess or 50 cents for three guesses.”

Last year, with donations from students and staff totaling $1,341 and $1,969 raised during the dance-a-thon, LEOs was able to donate more than $3,300 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “We learned a lot about coordinating a fundraising event and we think this year’s dance-a-thon will be even better,” said Alice. “Everyone who participated and attended had a lot of fun and we are hoping even more people come out to dance this year.”

LEOs wishes to thank the many local businesses supporting the event, including Wawa for snack and beverage donations, and Bravo, La Sicilia and Pat’s for pizza donations. The club especially thanks Redman’s Hall for donating the facility at no cost for the second year in a row.

For more information about the dance-a-thon, e-mail to OxfordDanceAthon@aol.com


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