Dancing shoes will be clicking on the dance floor at the 10th annual Community Barn Dance and Food Drive to benefit the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard.
People are invited to hit the dance floor in an effort to collect food for those in need in the Menifee and Romoland communities from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 17 at the Menifee Gym near Bell Mountain Middle School .
For the last several years, Bill and Colleen Ackerman have put their love and passion for dancing to good use.
The avid dancing pair are both physical education teachers at area schools. Bill teaches at Bell Mountain Middle School and Colleen keeps students moving at Mt. San Jacinto Junior College.
The event was born when Colleen wanted to have a big party for her 55th birthday.
“It started with my wife’s birthday,” Bill Ackerman said. “She wanted to have a party and asked guests to bring food or a contribution for the needy instead of presents,” he added.
Knowing that many people can be shy when it comes to dancing in public, the Ackermans offer lessons to event guests. The dancing duo will be teaching a variety of dances including line dance, folk dance, circle mixers and partner dances.
“We try to teach dances that are easy and quick to learn so people can have a fun time,” Bill explained. “Many people will say they are coming to the dance but that they won’t actually dance.”
Ackerman said putting on this event brings him and his wife great joy while serving the community.
During the last dance, people donated over 350 pounds of food for the pantry.
“If we all do a little, the world can be a better place,” Bill said.
Participants are encouraged to bring dried and non-perishable goods or checkbooks to write a check to the non-profit food pantry.
For more information please visit, www.mvcupboard.org.
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