March 25,  2008

1950s-style sock hop raised money for island cancer patients
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Islanders raised money for Hatteras Island cancer patients at a 1950s-style sock hop on Saturday, March 22.

The dance was the eighth spring dance sponsored by the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.

For the sock-hop theme, foundation board members went all out on decorating.  Centerpieces on the tables were balloons anchored in buckets of popcorn reminiscent of the drive-in movie days.  The walls were covered with ‘50s-style white and blue lights and 45-rpm records.  The 45-rpm records were also attached to streamers that hung from the ceiling.

Some of the props included a soda fountain, where beer and soft drinks were dispensed, a blow-up juke box, and life-size cardboard cut-outs of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean.

The dancers dined on an elaborate and extensive buffet that included seafood – oysters, shrimp, and tuna – fried turkey, London broil, spicy Italian meatballs, pasta salads, chicken salad, tossed salad, vegetables, cheesy mashed potatoes, and fruit.  An elaborate table of desserts finished off the meal.

Just before the dance was over, small cheeseburgers and pizza were served.

The Holiday Band provided the music, and one of the highlights of the evening was a jitterbug contest that was won by Dave and Karen Kelmer. In giving them their prize, foundation president Judy Banks noted that Dave Kelmer is a cancer survivor.

Prizes were given to the best 1950s costumes which were won by Jim Mitchem, dressed as “Fonzie,” and Terry Cartwright in a full, red skirt adorned with a poodle and supported by crinolines.

The dancers paid $50 each for tickets for the evening, and more donations were raised by raffling off corsages for the women and the cardboard cut-outs.

Some of the men were generous in purchasing corsages.  Byrum Veal bought one for $300, and Joe Farrow for $225.  Later Byrum Veal, a three-time cancer survivor, raffled off more corsages, including one to Kyle O’Neal for $500.

The life-size cut-outs were also popular.  Elvis went to Steve Bailey for $350, while Garland Midgette bought Marilyn Monroe for $150 and Kevin Morris had the $225 winning bid on James Dean.

A 50/50 raffle was won by Byrum Veal, who donated his proceeds of $215 back to the cancer foundation.

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation was established in 2000 to help island cancer patients pay for treatment and medications not covered by insurance and to help them travel to get treatment for their disease.

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