North Country dancers benefit those with cerebral palsy

There are a variety of reasons why members of the North Country Squares Dance Club dance. Some enjoy the fun form of exercise, while others look forward to the social atmosphere. Recently, 16 North Country Squares members traveled down to the upstate hamlet of Latham, joining together with other dancers to raise money to benefit those with cerebral palsy. They danced so that others may someday walk. The 30th annual Cerebral Palsy Benefit Dance, held Sept. 30, was hosted by the Colonie Elks and Does Square Dance Club. The dances oscillated between square and round dancing, and volunteer callers and cuers switched every hour. Funds were raised to benefit cerebral palsy research through an admission fee, Chinese auction, a sale of western attire and a raffle. By the end of the event, the dancers raised $5,000. The North Country Squares members who participated, including caller Bob LaBounty, were pleased to discover among the hundreds of dancers, they had the largest group present. "Our group has gone every year since 2004," said club co-president Celeste Roy. "We try to help out and get as many people as we can to go down to benefit cerebral palsy. It is special because everybody works together." Besides the joy that comes from blessing others, the dancers enjoyed meeting people from all over. Some of the dancers who traveled to the event, such as those from Colorado, came to do some leaf-peeping as well. "You get a story from everyone," Celeste commented. "Many of the same people come back annually and you can renew friendships and extend invitations and flyers about upcoming events." The next big North Country Squares event will be the club's Halloween Dance and Costume Party, this Saturday, Oct. 20. For more information about the Halloween party, other upcoming club events or other club information, contact Celeste Roy at 492-2057.

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