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The winners of the 2019 Dancing Stars of Olney are Rue Rogers, Jodee Wales, Hunter Enloe and Harrison Wellman—collectively known as the Tower of Power.
Library supporters showed up at HDH Pavilion Friday, Nov. 1, to enjoy a night of dancing as well as a catered meal shared with friends.
The evening began a warm welcome by the master of ceremonies Rhonda Kulhanek followed by dinner that was catered by The Orchard at Coyote Ranch Resort. The menu included rosemary pork tenderloin, with loaded baked potato, seasoned green beans, salad and dessert—a gooey butter cake. Junior Altruistic members assisted with serving attendees.
Immediately following dinner, the five dance teams showed off their moves on the dance floor. The teams in order of appearance included Air Space (Chris Wagner and his two daughters Jolie and Jenna), The Dancing Queens (Kalynn Philipp, Marni Spillers, Tami Harvey, Nikole Piercy and Calli Simmons), A father-daughter team (Chad Edgington and his daughter Emerald), the Tower of Power (Rue Rogers, Jodee Wales, Hunter Enloe and Harrison Wellman) and the Brazos dancing duo (Chuck Calvin and Gloria Krueger). The teams performed multiple dance styles, which included everything from the Texas Two-step to the Cupid Shuffle. Guests enjoyed listening to a variety of songs from all genres. Team members walked around with jars to solicit donations after their performance. The winning team was selected by the amount of funds raised.
The evening ended with a dance party that was deejayed by Rudy Bueno with Gravel Roads band.
Library director Lori Cox said, “I want to thank everyone who bought tickets, attended, supported the dancers and donated in any way to this fun evening. I cannot thank those that helped with this event enough. Ladies of the Junior Altruistic, my fundraiser committee consisting of Anna Rogers, Jennifer Scott, Melissa Edgington and library board members, Julie Campbell, Lyndsey Miller and Karen Craig. All of these ladies were instrumental in this event, and it wouldn’t have been successful without them and all members of the Library Board. Special thanks to Rhonda Kulhanek for her special touch on the evening!”
The library’s fundraising goal was to reach $84,000.00 to begin the first phase of the renovations to the library’s bathrooms. With $62,700 raised through grants, the Texoma Gives dessert auction and private donations, the hope was to raise $21,300.00 with the dancing fundraiser. Did the library achieve its goal? We will know after the final tally. You can check for updates on the library’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/olneycommunitylibrary.
Don’t forget about the Giving Envelopes that will be available through the Library’s Open House Dec. 11 when the prize drawings will take place. It is never too late to donate to Olney Community Library and Arts Center, which is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Call 940-564-5513 for more information about donating.