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The Salvation Army to host Sock Hop


Salvation Army Sock Hop 04/12/16


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.

Youth Development 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.

"The outreach 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.


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