Don't miss this '50s sock hop themed fundraiser

Step It Up dance studio wants to give you plenty of advance notice so you can perfect your dance moves.

Mark your calendar now for Aug. 23, the date of Lakewood Bandstand, a 1950s sock hop themed fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Lakewood Center for the Arts. The event is a dance competition and takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lakewood Center, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego.

“The competitors are paired up with Step It Up professionals,” Kristy Higgins, owner of Step It Up studio, said. She has donated ten lessons to each “star,” or competitor, to prepare for the event. The stars at this point include Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker, Lake Oswego Fire Chief Ed Wilson, Mark Birge, Bob Barman, Carol Winston, Samantha Richardson and Paul and Teri Graham.

“The audience are the judges, based on their bids for the dancers,” Higgins said. “The star that raises the most funds wins the competition.”

Music will be provided by Left Coast Jazz and the Millennium Concert Band.

Tickets are $150 each and includes wine selections from World Class Wines, beer by Stickmen Brewery, beverages, hors d’oeuvres by Blue Star Lounge and other local restaurants, desserts by Kyra’s Bake Shop and raffle ticket.

A silent auction will also be held at the event. The tickets can be purchased at Step It Up Studio, 449 Third St., Lakewood Center, Accessories from the Heart located at 220 A Ave., and World Class Wines located at 269 A Ave.

“All guests also receive a complimentary private lesson at Step It Up Studios to schedule at their convenience as a thank you for attending,” Higgins said.

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