Leap into your dancing shoes

A fundraiser to benefit a local and well-known organization will give participants the chance to dance for a good cause.

The first Good Cheer Winter Social will take place at the Bayview Community Hall on Feb. 29, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Local band Doug Roraback and the Double Diamonds will be performing.

Nachos, chili, popcorn, sparkling sodas, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

“We like to organize things for the larger community that also includes our community — our shoppers, the food bank, all our staff and volunteers,” Good Cheer Executive Director Carol Squire said.

Good Cheer thrift stores and the food bank serve almost 20 percent of South Whidbey community and has over 200 active volunteers.

The very first winter social was scheduled for an odd date, Leap Year Day.

“It just seemed perfect,” Squire said. “We didn’t want to let that go. We had to do something special on a special day.”

As part of the event, participants have the chance to win unusual themed raffle prizes. One such example is “old school,” a backpack that comes with a Ouija board and a Walkman player.

Squire said the idea for the new event was inspired by a few different things. The band itself approached Good Cheer about performing for an event, and the organization has been looking for ways to increase fundraising activities, as thrift store sales are no longer increasing at the same rate.

Tickets are $10 for the winter social and can be purchased in advance at any Good Cheer location or online at goodcheerwintersocial.eventbrite.com.

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