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One of Gainesville’s biggest fundraisers aiming for another record
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Contestants gather Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Junior League to plan the 6th annual Dancing for a Cause fundraiser. - photo by Scott Rogers

Dancing For A Cause, Gainesville’s powerhouse fundraiser, is back for another year and has sights set on a record haul.

The fundraiser for Center Point, Alliance for Literacy and Rape Response regularly raises more than $200,000, according to organizer Barbara Hicks, director of program development at Center Point. It’s the sixth year Dancing For A Cause has been held in Gainesville. The 2019 event is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

Dancing for a Cause

What: Fundraiser benefiting Alliance for Literacy, Center Point and Rape Response

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24

Where: Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville

More info: dancehallcounty.com

And following the tradition set in the previous six years, the event has been sold out for about two months. A waiting list is set up online, and hope remains that if you want a seat you could get one, Hicks said, as she was able to open two seats to waiting listers in the past few days. The venue seats 500.

This year, local dancers include Michael Reins, Nairika Cornett, John Darden, Tim Hepburn, Scott LeFevre, Rena Millwood, Beverly Nordholz, Jennifer Pirkle, Brad Puryear and Tyra Wimpye.

“This year we’ve really focused on the fun of the event,” said event producer Justin Holland. “We’re always trying to pick the level of performance up, so this year we’re bringing in a dance group from Atlanta. They’re contemporary and they do hip hop — they’re going to be opening up the show for us.”

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