MAPS to get its 80s on

By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

October 3, 2013

The Mount Airy Professionals of Surry (MAPS) are planning an opportunity to get “Footloose,” but they promise there will be no “Risky Business.” There may be a chance to “Walk Like An Egyptian,” though, if you’re a “Lucky Star.”

In an effort to help fund the efforts of the Blue House Teaching Studio, the group is hosting the first-ever 80s Fall Ball. The event is set for Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for a single or $25 for two, said Robby Gardner, president of MAPS.

And the impetus for the 80s soiree?

“Two reasons,” Gardner said. “We want to get exposure for the group, and at the same time we’re raising money for the Blue House.”

The Blue House Teaching Studio and Gallery group provides art therapy classes for adults with disabilities while helping to maintain a creative and fun atmosphere that allows artists to learn and grow through the arts, Gardner said.

“We’re trying to raise $500 for them, and what better way than to throw a party?” He asked. “We could pass the hat or we could throw a party. We like to have fun while helping the community and thought that a party would be just the ticket.”

Gardner said that when the group was kicking around the idea for the event, an 80s-themed party was the most popular within the group.

“We want to give people an opportunity to dress up as their favorite 80s character and get out and have fun,” he said.

This event will feature a DJ spinning only 80s hits and a red-carpet entrance complete with paparazzi, where photos can be purchased.

“Without trying to sound too much like a geek, we’re also going to have a gaming station set up where people can play 80s-era video games like Nintendo,” he said. “And we’re still looking for a working Atari system and games, if anyone has one they’d let us use for the evening.”

In addition, a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available.

For more information on MAPS, follow on Facebook or twitter them at @maps27030.

For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, contact Gardner at 336-648-5009 or email him at Tickets are available in advance or at the door, Gardner said.

MAPS is a professional organization created to engage young professionals in the community for professional development, networking and supporting the community.

Reach Keith Strange at or 719-1929.