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Dancing for charity

Posted April 10, 2013 in Community Featured, Greene County
Dances at Webb House raise money for various Greene County charities.

Dances at Webb House raise money for various Greene County charities.

As spring rolls around and the weather gets nice, middle school students and Greene County need a fun place to go to not only occupy their time, but give back to the community.

This is exactly what Webb House was created for 15 years ago. The chaperones at Webb House and the National Honors Society will be hosting a dance for Relay for Life on April 19 from 8 – 10 p.m. All of the proceeds will go to the Relay for Life charity and to groups within the community of Greene County.

“Greene County has helped so much in raising donations and this is our way of giving back to the community,” says Jim North, who is one of the founders as well as the coordinator for these events. “And the kids really love doing this, too; it gives them a safe place to go.”

The cost to attend the dances, which are held four to five times per year, is $2. Since Webb House’s creation, its has been fortunate enough to raise more than $26,000 to give back to the community for mission trips, PAWS and other various charities. That breaks down to about $2,000 per year. North says their doors are open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders and about 120-150 kids attend each dance.

“People in the community contact me if they’d like to do a dance and we put it together,” explains North. “It’s really a great thing for everyone.”

For more information about Webb House or their yearly dances, contact North at 515-386-2736.

United Methodist Church of Greene County is also busy raising funds to send young people to summer camp in the coming months.

“We have a designated ‘Camp Sunday’ at our church,” explains Debbie Blackburn, who has been the administrative secretary at United Methodist for 25 years. “It’s a great day to raise money to send kids to the multiple camps throughout Iowa, which include Wesley Woods in Indianola and Camp Okoboji.”

For the rest of the upcoming months before summer, UMC will be gladly taking donations for the kids of all ages who choose to attend camp. For more information about the summer camps that UMC supports, as well as how to donate, stop by donation box located in the church office.

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