It’s billed as Loudoun’s biggest dance party and it is returning to Leesburg’s Tally Ho Theater on Saturday night.
Dance-A-Palooza II doesn’t just provide the opportunity to shake your booty, it creates the expectation that you will.
And it is all for a good cause. Proceeds from the $10 entry fee and raffle tickets for a host of great prizes will go to support an area charity. Dj Kurtiz will keep the crowd on the dance floor, spinning the hits from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and beyond.
Last spring, the inaugural event raised money to support the work of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. This time the Loudoun First Responders Foundation is the beneficiary.
The nonprofit organization provides financial support active Loudoun County fire-rescue and law enforcement personnel recovering from injuries, illness and conditions in the line of duty, or the loss of active duty approved under the county’s Family Medical Leave Act or bereavement policy.
Event cofounder David Harbour said he was looking for a way to have a positive impact on the community, but wasn’t very interested in organizing a golf tournament or some other more typical fundraiser. The inspiration for the dance party came from the success of Leesburg’s annual Jingle Jam holiday concert, which has raised $110,000 to combat Juvenile diabetes over the past decade.
“I saw what [Jingle Jam organizer] Stilson Greene was doing. He was raising money with music and bringing the community together and having fun,” Harbour said. “I’m a terrible golfer, don’t like bowling and I thought this would be a way to really raise money that would be fun—something everyone likes to do and to use our wonderful gem of the Tally Ho as the pillar for this whole event.”
On the eve of the first dance party to benefit LAWS, organizers worried no one would show up.
“I think we were surprised by the turnout and the enthusiasm and how much fun it was,” Harbour said. “Everybody had a blast and we raised almost $8,000.”
With that level of support, the group wants to continue with events twice a year and to support a variety of nonprofits.
“We want to use this as a vehicle in the spring and fall and pick a local charity and really get behind our community because I love—and so does everyone who is a part of this love—Loudoun County. We want to support those who work in our community,” he said.
The support is valued by the community organizations.
“We are honored that the Loudoun First Responders Foundation was chosen as the beneficiary of Dance A Palooza 2.0, and greatly appreciate the support for our mission to assist Loudoun’s heroic first responders whenever they, or a family member, becomes ill or injured so badly that their absence from work financially impacts their family,” said Loudoun First Responders Foundation President Ed Williams. “What a great idea to raise money for such an outstanding cause while enjoying a fun and relaxing evening of dance, music and good times with friends.”
For tickets and details, go to tallyhotheater.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.