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Salvation Army to host Sock Hop
KEVIN KILHOFFER, JOURNAL GAZETTE &
Fran Honn, in foreground, secures decorations
Tuesday at the Salvation Army in Mattoon for the upcoming Sock Hop.
MATTOON -- The Salvation
Army plans to hosts a 1950s-style Sock Hop dance for community members of all
ages Saturday evening.
Director Mindy Willenborg said the local Salvation Army started holding annual
outreach events for youths four years ago and decided this year to share the
activities with the rest of the community by holding a Sock Hop.
events are always a lot of fun," Willenborg said. The Sock Hop is
scheduled for 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army, 1300 Richmond Ave.
Sock Hop activities
are slated to include a 1950s-style costume contest plus dancing from that
decade and more recent musical eras. Willenborg said participants will be
invited to take part in a flash mob-style group dance and learn dance moves
from Eastern Illinois University hip hop class students.
Willenborg said the
Downtown Diner will donate mini hot dogs and french fries for the Sock Hop,
Burger King will donate junior burgers, and K.C. Summers will donate a photo
booth and prints. There also will be door prizes donated by local businesses.
"It is really
good to have these community partnerships that have been developed," said
Salvation Army Lt. Claudia Simmons. She and her husband, Lt. Daniel Simmons,
lead the local Salvation Army.
Entry to the Sock Hop
is free, but an offering will be taken to help support the Salvation Army's
community service programs.
Lt. Daniel Simmons
said the outreach events are a good way to introduce the community to Salvation
Army's range of services for people in financial need and to give a short
devotional about forgiveness.
"That is the
reason we do what we are doing," Simmons said. He added that the Salvation
Army is first and foremost a church, but offers services to people in need
regardless of their beliefs.
The Salvation Army
holds Sunday school at 10 a.m. and a worship service at 11 a.m. every Sunday.
This organization offers an after-school program during the school year and a
damp camp during the summer.
Those who would like
to attend the Sock Hop on Saturday can RSVP by calling the Salvation Army at
217-234-3915, ext. 228.