Poolesville will hold its main Relay for Life kickoff event, Valaree’s Valentine’s Day Charity Dance, at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the House of Poolesville.
The dance will raise money to support Relay for Life, an annual national American Cancer Society fundraiser. Schools, clubs and even entire cities hold these outdoor overnight walks to raise funds for the ACS.
Town Commissioner Valaree Dickerson will DJ the kickoff dance, which also features a 50/50 raffle and team events. The two teams that bring the most participants will get a third of the night’s donations for their Relay for Life donation fund; the remaining third will go to the John Poole Middle School’s Leo Club.
This is the first year of Valaree’s Valentine’s Day Charity Dance. While this is Dickerson’s first year as an official Relay team member, she has helped out with previous Poolesville Relay for Life events.
The dance will help the Poolesville teams raise funds for the Poolesville walk taking place at 2 p.m. June 8 at Whalen Commons. So far, 15 teams have registered; anywhere from eight to 15 team members is considered typical for Relay for Life.
Events such as the Feb. 15 charity dance help the relay teams raise money for their individual group totals. So far, the teams participating in Relay for Life of Poolesville have raised more than $10,000. There is no minimum amount a team must raise to participate in Relay for Life events.
Dickerson hopes at least $1,000 more comes in through her dance through the admission donations for 100 participants and from fewer guests raising money through the 50/50 raffle and other games.
Valaree’s Valentine’s Day Charity Dance is Valentine’s-themed, so participants are asked to wear red or white. The dance is open to the public.
The suggested donation is $10 per person. House of Poolesville is at 19611 Fisher Ave., Poolesville.