While the night featured hours of spirited competition, Saturday’s first-even dance competition to benefit the Shepherd’s House ended appropriately, with three couples agreeing to split the $1,000 prize.
According to Shepherd’s House Director Phil Goble Jr., the dance contest, a marathon event to the last couple standing, ended with a three-way tie in the wee hours.
“We had an anonymous donor give an additional $200 so each couple could walk away with $400,” Goble said.
The winning couples were Abraham Luna and Jamie Buhagiar; Luke Dohn and Amanda Crutchley; and Tailor Schrieber and Alex Harvey.
“The contest went late into the evening,” Goble said. “All three couples were in it until the end, so we offered them the chance for all of them to be winners.”
In addition to the dance competition, which took place a la a 1950’s-era sock hop, the event offered two special prizes.
The first was a $1,000 shopping spree. The second was a gun package that included a Ruger 1022 semi-automatic long rifle, a Mossberg 500 combo 12-gauge shotgun with a 28-inch barrel and an 18.5-inch barrel with a pistol grip kit and a Kel-Tec P-3AT .380 semi-automatic pistol.
“The gun package was won by Cathy Stevens, and the $1,000 shopping spree was won by Zach Horne,” Goble said.
Jim and Teresa Lewis, who attended the event in matching 1950-era costumes, were named best dressed. Mary Jo White took home the runner-up honors.
Luna and Buhagiar tied with Will Kennedy and Sasha Jackson for best dance moves, while Dohn and Crutchley took second place.
Saturday’s event, held at the Mount Airy Elks Lodge, ended up raising more than $1,100 for the Shepherd’s House, according to Goble.
He said the fun atmosphere and great attendance makes him want to turn the sock hop into an annual fund-raiser.
“I thought it was a great event, and our fund-raising committee had the fabulous idea to put on the sock hop,” Goble added. “It was really well attended, we had great music and some very talented dancers. I could see this becoming an annual event.”
Goble said the decision to host a second event next summer has already been made.
“If it succeeds next year as well as it did this year, we may be able to grow it,” he said. “In that case it would certainly become an annual event.”
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.