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Optimist dance a barn burner

ST. HELEN – When Patricia Foxx, President of The Bluegill Optimists of St. Helen was approached by Daniel Ferguson, a Junior at Charlton Heston Academy, he point blank asked her, ‘You are the president of the Optimists, what are you going to do for us?’

She asked Ferguson what he wanted the club to do and his answer was, ‘Host a Mother/Son Dance so we can honor our mothers. Everyone else has Father/Daughter Dances, we want one for us.’

The Bluegill Optimists answered the bell by hosting a free Mother/Son Barn Dance on Friday, May 20 in West Branch at Vice President Mary Lowery’ pole barn. Volunteers served Sloppy Joes, chips, cake, and drinks, had photographs taken. The barn was lit up and when the music played, sons led mothers and grandmothers to the dance floor. The result was a fun filled evening for everyone.

‘It’ always so much fun to work with the kids and to be able to serve the community in this way,’ said Lowery.

The Optimists host various events throughout the year.

Their next event is a face painting June 11 at the Market Place in exchange for a non-perishable food donation for the We Care/We Feed Food Pantry in St. Helen.

Also planned is a joint fundraiser with Helping Hands and the Civic Center called Trivia Night on August 20 at 7pm. The proceeds from that will help pay for a Kid’ Night Out with Hay Rides, Scavenger Hunts, and Hot Dog Roast at The Richfield Township Park in September.

October will see the Essay Contest start and in December they will be hosting both a Father Daughter Christmas Ball, and their 2nd Annual Essay Contest Winner/Christmas Party. Watch for the various Painting with Friends Fundraisers and other cool fundraisers to come. All proceeds go right back to making awesome memories for the kids of St. Helen.

If you would be interested in joining the Bluegill Optimists, they meet on Thursday nights at 6pm in the Art Room at the Charlton Heston Academy. They also welcome donations towards making these events happen. If you have any questions, please call Pat Foxx at 810-278-1637.

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