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Step back in time at the YMCA’s 80s Dance Party

Suzi McKee • Jul 26, 2018 at 10:30 AM


Music in the 1980s featured genres like new wave, punk and synth pop that kept your toes tapping well into the night. If you’d like to relive that popular era of music or just experience it for the first time, the YMCA has the perfect opportunity for you to light up your dancing shoes at one of its upcoming events.

On July 28, from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA, you can enjoy the music of SPANK, an 80s tribute band that will play all the sounds that bring back memories that you hold dear. Whether it was a high school dance, parties with friends, or spending time with that special someone, music can take you back, if only for a moment, to recapture what you once experienced.

Because the YMCA annually raises funds in order to continue the financial assistance for the Y’s programs, hosting a fundraiser just seemed natural to Abigail Weaver, the Marketing and Development Director of Kingsport’s YMCA.

“In 2017 we gave approximately $650,000 to assist with programs, summer camp, and memberships for people in the community,” Abigail began. “We know almost everyone loves the 80s and we thought it would be an exciting way for people to dress up, have fun, and dance at our party for a cause.”

People from 18 years and up are invited to the alcohol-free event which will be an entertaining evening for everyone. There will be an 80s costume contest, 80s trivia contest, throwback games like Twister, and snacks. Sponsored by East Coast Wings and Eastman Credit Union, the dance costs $15 per ticket in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.ymcakpt.org to purchase tickets through the event page.

As is true for most events and programs at the Y, there is something for everyone.

“We want people to dance and participate in the trivia, but even if you’re a wallflower, you can just listen to the music and have fun while supporting the efforts of our YMCA,” Abigail continued.

The numbers of families and individuals that the YMCA impacts each year is quite impressive. Last year 2,274 families were a part of the Y. Thirty-seven children with special needs participated in after school activities and day camp. Over 700 other children were served in the afterschool program and summer day camps. One out of every three of those children received financial help from the YMCA. Annual Giving funds help make these positive effects happen.

“We have a cycling class for Parkinson’s patients,” Abigail added. “The class has been so successful that it’s grown to three days each week. Because of our donors, we are able to continue this program at no cost to the participants. Their gait and stability have improved, they’ve formed supportive relationships with each other, and it’s just fun for them to participate.”

Abigail also adds that all monies raised through the Annual Giving Campaign stay in Kingsport. “Last year there were over 22,000 people in the community who participated in membership or programs with the YMCA. The charitable donations given help support many of these people in some way.”

One of the most unique things about participation at YMCA programs is the diversity of those involved.

“We’re truly a melting pot of the community,” Abigail added. “People from all backgrounds enjoy the YMCA. We feel with our focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, we offer something for everyone.

“We know that we can be a better ‘us’ if we focus on what we have as common ground instead of the things that make us different,” she continued.

For more information on the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA, visit ymcakpt.org or call (423) 247-9622.