• Olney Community Library is hosting “Dancing Stars of Olney” on Nov. 1
  • Olney Community Library is hosting “Dancing Stars of Olney” on Nov. 1

Olney Community Library is hosting “Dancing Stars of Olney” on Nov. 1

Olney Community Library and Arts Center will host the Dancing Stars of Olney fundraiser Friday, Nov. 1, at HDH Ranch & Rodeo Arena and Pavilion located at 841 Hwy 114 E in Olney, Texas. The event will begin at 6 p.m.

The tickets cost $25 per person and may be purchased from any library board member or Junior Altruistic member. The cost of admission not only includes entertainment, but it also consists of a full dinner catered by The Orchard at Coyote Ranch Resort. The menu comprises rosemary pork tenderloin, with loaded baked potato, seasoned green beans, salad and dessert—a gooey butter cake with a surprise topping. The evening will end with a dance for everyone deejayed by Rudy Bueno with Gravel Roads band.  

This type of fundraiser has never taken place in Olney. Like the team dances seen on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” each team can have between two and eight people. Each team will dance for two and a half to three minutes and will have a jar for donations. The team that raises the most money will win the coveted mirror ball trophy.  

“Currently, there are five teams, but the desire is to have at least six teams. You can perform whatever type of dance you want to perform. It can be a line dance or a square dance. It does not matter what type of dance it is,” said Lori Cox, library director.

Only one team will perform at a time while dancing to the song they choose. There is still time to sign up. If you are interested, please contact Lori Cox at 940-564-5513 

In partnership with Junior Altruistic, the library board hopes to reach its $84,000 fundraising goal. So far, $62,700 has been raised through grants, the dessert auction in conjunction with Texoma Gives and private donations.  

“We are excited to get started on the first phase of renovations to the library’s bathrooms,” said Cox. “We have been talking about the fundraisers and renovations for a couple of years, and now it is all coming together. It is very exciting to see those dollars come in along with the promise of some grant money.”

Cox shared why it is important to support the library, stating that libraries are not all about books anymore. “Libraries are a meeting place. We have  kids that come after school to hang out at the computers or sitting area. They drink coffee from the coffee bar. We have DVDs available for check out along with audiobooks and eBooks,” Cox touted.  

“We want to remain important to the community of Olney and the surrounding areas because we do have patrons from Megargel, Loving, Newcastle and Jean that come over, and we are excited about that. We are glad that we are here. Our forefathers who started the library more than 40 years ago had an idea that this would work, and [they] did all of the background and research to build this building that could benefit the school and the citizens of Olney. My job that I take very seriously is to try to honor that and still move forward so that we can still be here in the future,” said Cox.  

Please consider supporting the library by purchasing tickets for the Dancing Stars of Olney fundraiser  Nov. 1.   Committee members are Anna Rogers, Julie Campbell, Karen Craig, Lindsay Miller, Jennifer Scott and Melissa Edgington, Lori Cox, Trudy Capps (Rep for Jr. Altruistic).

The Olney Enterprise

213 E. Main St.
PO Box 577

Olney, Texas 76374

Phone: (940) 564-5558

Fax: (940) 564-3992