Event Recap: Shenandoah Women’s Center Benefit “Sock Hop” – February 23, 2018


Poodle skirts, leather jackets, 45 RPM records hanging from the ceiling, a few "ducktail" hairstyles, and a Tap House transformed into an authentic 1950's Dance Hall. Such was the scene for the 3rd Annual Shenandoah Women's Center "Sock Hop" held Friday, February 23rd at the Town Run Tap House in Shepherdstown, WV.

Volunteers from across the Eastern Panhandle came together to donate their talents and services with the goal of assisting the victims of domestic violence and abuse in our community.  Town Run owner Todd Cotgreave provided a wonderful venue. Decorations envisioned by Shepherd University students under the direction of Director of Student Activities and Leadership Rachael Meads took everyone back in time. Local businesses and private donors graciously donated Raffle and Silent Auction items.

Guests arriving early at 6:00pm received professional dance instruction from Kyle & Bonnie Pullen, who made certain everyone looked the part on the dance floor when we kicked-off at 7:00pm. Throughout the next four hours, guests enjoyed the live sounds of The New Rocketeers Band along with yours truly spinning the digital hits of the 50's & 60's on our twin Bose L1M2 audio systems. Along the way, we raffled-off a donated keyboard and gave-away great prizes to our Dance Contest winners.

Dance instructors Kyle & Bonnie Pullen demonstrate their moves. Photo courtesy of Mark Muse.

All-in-all, a fun-filled night raising money for a true need in our community. Says Rita Nieman, Chair for the event and SWC's Community Advisor, "The music was right on. The New Rocketeers, under the leadership of Nathan Biedzynski, kept us rocking, as they alternated throughout the evening very smoothly with Rick and Stacie Rohn of Rick Rohn Disc Jockey Productions. Rick not only provided terrific music, keeping the dance floor full through out the evening, but he also was a great spokesperson and encourager for our Silent Auction and Raffle Sales. Rick had us focused on 45 'Safe Nights' and thanks to everyone’s generosity, we exceeded that goal. Our first count after the event was 52 'Safe Nights'. Every $100.00 raised at the Sock Hop represented a 'Safe Nights' for a woman and her children, whenever the shelter is overfilled. It's amazing -- the first year we had raised 23 SAFE NIGHTS, the second year 39. When people asked me to set a goal for this year, I was scared to say a number because I did not want to be disappointed. Thanks to good goal setters, I am now sore footed from too much dancing and fun, but totally overjoyed. Each year the shelter has run out of this fund, so hopefully, this will be closer to meeting the needs."

Preliminary plans are already underway for next year's "Sock Hop", tentatively set for Friday, February 22, 2019. "Official" details will be released at a later date. For more information on the "Sock Hop" and the services offered by the Shenandoah Women's Center, please call (304)263-8522 or visit their website.

Many thanks to Mark Muse for his wonderful images!

Two VERY skilled dancers with a move you don't see everyday! Photo courtesy of Mark Muse.

Event Chairperson Rita Nieman, myself, and Shepherd University's Rachael Meads after the event.

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