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Kiwanis plans new dinner, dancing event



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Jonesborough Kiwanis Club members and their guests will soon be kicking up their heels for a good cause at the club’s new Dancing & Dining for Kiwanis Kids event, set for Nov. 3.

Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the McKinney Center, the dinner, dance and silent auction will feature good food, good music and good fun, all with the purpose of raising money to help fund additional Chromebooks for Washington County Schools.

Tickets are $40 each or two for $70.

Kiwanis President Lowie van Staveren said he first got his inspiration for the event from an earlier Music on the Square fundraiser put together by Steve Cook and held at the McKinney Center,

Van Staveren said he paired the location idea and some of the other details with another fundraising event he had helped oversee as a teacher “up North.”

The Kiwanis dance and silent auction was born.

He promises that the club will provide a good time to all who attend.

The dinner, provided by DNA Catering, will feature beef brisket, chicken or a vegetarian option, roasted vegetables and scalloped potatoes and will conclude with a dessert of Southern Pecan or Lemon Icebox Pie.

Ben Dean with Big Time Entertainment will be in charge of the music, and he promises Classic Rock, as well as music from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

No one, he said, will be able to stay still.

“It will be jovial,” Dean said. “If you’re not dancing, you’re tapping your toes and your feet.”

There will also be chance to pick your favorites, Van Staverens said.

“We’re setting it up at each table where people will have a form to request a favorite song,” he said.

A silent auction will be ongoing throughout the evening, with amazing deals and packages to be had.

Beer and wine will also be available.

The most important thing, however, according to the Kiwanis members organizing the event, is both the community and the benefit.

“The whole goal of this is to raise money for computers for the school,” said Kiwanis member Jack Van Zandt. “It’s just part of the Kiwanis  Club commitment. Of all the things that we do, we try to do things that are enjoyable for the community but also raise money for the community.”

Van Staveren agreed.

“We want people to walk about from it and go, ‘We had a really nice time. We’re going to do it again next year.

“We want it to be something that grows.”

For tickets to the Kiwanis dinner/dance/auction, contact the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 753-1010. Tickets are available until Oct. 30.

For questions about donating to the Silent Auction, contact Lowie van Staveren at (269) 929-3358 or Jack Van Zandt at (423) 948-0237.