Titled “Dancin’ Through the Decades,” the benefit will be held Feb. 1 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St. The event will feature a silent auction, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for 21 and older attendees.
“We have been at Clarence Brown for the last couple of years, but we’re going back to the old civic center and we are going back to the dress-up theme,” said Mandi Durham, who will co-chair the CSL dance with LeAnne Gochee. “In the past, we’ve done the ’70s and ’80s, so we’re going back to that with ‘Dancin’ Through the Decades.’
“So basically you pick your favorite decade and dress in whatever decade you prefer. ... We have a DJ that will be playing music from all decades. So we’re excited about it. I think that people enjoyed the dress-up part of it.”
Proceeds from the Ways and Means Dance will be combined with funds generated from the CSL’s Rummage Sale and Poinsettia Sale and dispersed to local charities this spring.
In April 2013, CSL distributed a total of $46,000 among 21 organizations: Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas, Bartow County Special Olympics, Bartow County Library System, Bartow County Teacher Grant program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow Family Resources, Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Cartersville Schools Foundation, Cartersville Schools Foundation — GateKey program, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Hands of Christ’s Douglas Street site, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Least of These, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Tranquility House, Steps of Faith, Bartow History Museum, Cartersville Little League and WinShape Camps for Communities.
Established in 1941, the CSL is comprised of 38 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and perform at least 60 hours per year of community service.
Some of their outreach efforts include tutoring children weekly at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Cartersville Unit, volunteering at the Cartersville Public Library and the Special Olympics, and providing a weekly meal to Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter residents. They also equip area children with school supplies, gifts and necessities throughout the year.
“We want to have 60 hours [of] hands-on impact on children in Bartow County,” CSL President Lisa Lovett said. “Then we also on the flip side of that [service league members] raise money to go to very [specific organizations] that will benefit children in Bartow County. ... Just in Bartow County, we have about 60 organizations that deal directly with children that request money every year. We are not able to disperse to 60 organizations.
“We truly, through these fundraisers that we offer, ... want to be able to spread money to organizations that truly benefit the lives of kids. We are also looking at ... [creating] a disaster relief fund from the service league. We’re going to start that this year,” she said, adding the relief funds would assist children impacted by natural disasters or incidents, such as a structure fire.
Tickets to “Dancin’ Through the Decades,” which cost $45 per person in advance or $50 at the door, can be purchased by calling Durham, 706-414-0753, or Gochee, 678-234-3304. Along with information about the CSL, details about benefiting from or donating to its disaster relief fund will be posted in the future at www.cartersvilleserviceleague.com.