Ball­room dance to ben­e­fit CJCOHN

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­

The Osage Event Cen­ter and Ben­ton Mayor Tom Farmer are team­ing up for the White Christ­mas Ball­room Dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Osage, 1110 Fer­gu­son Drive in Ben­ton.

The dance will ben­e­fit the Churches Joint Coun­cil on Hu­man Need.

“It is go­ing to be fun and for a great cause,” said Tina Cos­ton, ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to Farmer and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Ben­ton.

The Osage has been hold­ing so­cials be­tween book­ings each month. Fran Ni­chols, co-owner of the venue, said the so­cials are another way to bring peo­ple to­gether in the com­mu­nity for some­thing fun.

When Farmer pur­chased tick­ets to an event he ended up not be­ing able to at­tend, but he sug­gested the Osage hold a “White Christ­mas” dance. He specif­i­cally wanted that theme be­cause “White Christ­mas” is his fa­vorite movie.

They are plan­ning to play mu­sic from the movie dur­ing the dance.

Ni­chols said there are many peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in ball­room dance in the com­mu­nity.

For those who have lit­tle to no ball­room ex­pe­ri­ence, Abby Robert­son, an ACDA cir­cuit pro­fes­sional dancer, will spend the first hour pro­vid­ing in­struc­tion. At­ten­dees will be given time to get set­tled be­fore in­struc­tion be­gan.

Ni­chols said peo­ple who at­tend don’t have to dance if they don’t want to. They can sit and so­cial­ize.

Cos­ton doesn’t want any­one to feel in­tim­i­dated. It is meant to be fun.

The food for the event is pro­vided by Pasta J’s, River­side Gro­cery and Cater­ing and Vi­brant Oc­ca­sions. Non­al­co­holic bev­er­ages will be pro­vided by Brent Jones, of Ed­ward Jones In­vest­ments, and Bo­did­dles.

There will be door prizes given out dur­ing the event.

A Christ­mas tree will be set up at the event where at­ten­dees can help those in need. They will also col­lect non­per­ish­able food items for CJCOHN.

At­tire for the evening will be semi-for­mal.

“The mayor wants to thank Fran and the Osage for part­ner­ing with us,” Cos­ton said.

Tick­ets for the event are $20. They can be pur­chased at the Ben­ton Mu­nic­i­pal Com­plex, by call­ing Cos­ton at 501-776-5905, the Osage at 501-326-7334 or at Bod­di­bles Wine & Spir­its.

The Osage Face­book page will share ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion closer to the event.

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