Downtown Rocks to kick off United Fund of Surry campaign

First Posted: 8/4/2009

With the start of the United Fund of Surry campaign looming, volunteers are working to organize the kick-off event, Downtown Rocks.
The benefit will take place on Aug. 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. with gates opening at the parking lot on Franklin Street at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 11 and older with children 10 and younger admitted for free.
Organizers have worked this year to ensure there is something for everyone, dividing the parking lot into a bandstand area, a food area and a Kids Rock Yard.
The Kids Rock Yard will feature games and activities for children including win a goldfish and a basketball toss with some of the agencies that get support from United Fund setting up booths for temporary tattoos and sand art. The area will also feature a dunking booth and though the lineup is not complete, Sheriff Graham Atkinson, Dr. Ashley Hinson, superintendent of Surry County Schools and campaign chair for United Fund this year, and Bill Goins, principal at North Surry High School, have already volunteered to take a turn in the booth.
The bandstand will feature three local bands beginning at 7:15. NF52, a band featuring local youths, will play from around 7:15 to 8. Mid-life-Crisis will play from around 8:15 to 9:30. Mediocre Bad Guys will play from around 9:40 to 11.
The food section will have barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, popcorn, chips, sno cones, peanut butter delights, water and soda. There will also be a beer and wine garden on the site.
A 50/50 raffle will also be part of the event. Tents will be set up to deter from some of the heat that is possible. A fire truck, police car, National Guard Armory vehicle and a Charger from the Surry County Sheriffs Office will be on display.
Its going to be more than just music this time, said Sonia Dickerson, who is assisting with the organization of the event which is under the leadership of Hinson. We hope its going to be a big deal.
The kick-off event will serve as the starting point for this years campaign. After the event, companies and businesses will be able to start their collection efforts. United Fund of Surry collects money each year which is then distributed to agencies across the county to help those in need.
This is a benefit for United Fund because we feel that the agencies are going to need our support more than ever this year. This is a fabulous way to begin the fundraising process for the 2009-2010 year, said Dickerson.
The theme for this years United Fund of Surry campaign is Friends Uniting Neighbors. Dickerson hopes that since it is family-oriented fun, families will come out to participate in the event and help make the kick-off a success. Last year, around 350 people attended the event, which was the first of its kind, and the hope this year is to triple that number.
We would love to see friends and families of all ages, races and creeds come support this event in a united effort, she said.
United Fund of Surry has also scheduled two other events in the coming weeks to help with the campaign.
The fifth annual Greater Granite Open will take place Aug. 13 at Cross Creek Country Club and will benefit the United Fund of Surry. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with tee off at 9 a.m. The pre-registration deadline for this event is today. Contact Jack Halsey at Mount Airy Oil and Gas Company at 786-7660 for more information.
There will also be a Zoomba-thon Sept. 19. Zoomba is the latest aerobics craze that uses a mix of mambo and salsa steps done to Latin music to help participants dance into shape. The Zoomba teachers at Reeves Community Center were central in coming up with the idea for the Zoomba-thon and RCC is the sponsor.
Its for anyone who wants to come and dance with us that day, said Dickerson.
Participants will pay a fee for the class with the money going to United Fund of Surry.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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