CLINTON – Everyone in attendance at the Columbia Moose Lodge on Feb. 23 had on their dancing shoes for a good cause as part of the Winter Dinner/Dance Fundraiser hosted by Christmas in April.
Guests were able to enjoy a roast beef dinner before enjoying a musical performance The Strangers. Joining the band as a special guest was R&B artist and Chuck Berry’s former keyboard player Daryl Davis.
The daytime civil rights activist performed with The Strangers different genres of music including classic rock and blues while also playing his style of boogie-woogie piano.
Christmas in April, known as Rebuilding Together, is recognized as a national nonprofit volunteer organization that repairs the homes of senior citizens with low-income and/or are physically challenged.
On the last Saturday in April, the organization gathers volunteers together for a one-day repair effort.
Because of its nonprofit status, Christmas in April receives donations from individuals, businesses, corporations, service organizations and foundations to help fund their projects.
Those in attendance at the fundraiser were able to participate in a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle for a variety of prizes.
According to Executive Director Mary Kucharski, over $4,000 was collected. All the donations will go towards the purchase of materials needed for the 83 homes the local organization plan to repair on April 27.
The Prince George’s program was founded in 1989 by Vincent “Cap” Mona of Mona Electric Group with the support of the county government and then-County Executive Parris N. Glendening. The local group has helped countless veterans and elderly residents, fixing over 2,600 homes in the past three decades. Last year, Christmas in April repaired 78 county homes.