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WCS students dance the night away - for charity

"I get teary-eyed when I hear the problems other people have to deal with," Brandon said. "Raising money for people in need is something I love to do."

At the end of the dance, WCS principal Doug Duell announced the top fundraisers, prompting cheers.

Bryana Engle, Zack Belden, and Camille DeLongis joined Brandon in being honored for fundraising. Student Kyle Gregson was named as the event's most enthusiastic dancer.

Duell said the Warrensburg and Thurman communities rallied, as they always do, to support the charitable effort.

"This was an awesome event for our community," he said, noting the dance raised $7,420, plus more sure to be collected. "The outpouring of support was phenomenal."

He noted that Johnsburg's Chip Aldrich of AfterFX Deejay Service played all night long at no charge - after a Vermont Radio station backed out unexpectedly just days before the event.

"Aldrich kept thing rolling," Duell said, noting the deejay staged games - and played popular songs that the students knew well and thoroughly enjoyed.

Aldrich had held an "air-band" competition with inflated mock instruments he brought. He also presided over a contest, in which students, hands joined in an unbroken circle, kept a hula hoop twirling while passing it around for students to duck through. Another popular game, dreamed up by the organizing committee, featured students in a timed race wrapping up classmates mummy-style in toilet paper.

Former WCS employee Karen Bailey, a cancer survivor and one of the recipients of the South Glens Falls marathon dance fundraisers, gave a kick-off speech Saturday. She said she was proud of every one of the students, and that the fundraising really benefits people. She urged that the students not only work on the event during their school career, but return as alumni to help mentor the growth of the event, sponsored by the school's PRIDE group and the junior class.

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