110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Jen Horton
posted Oct 16, 2013 - 3:14:50pm
You can dress to the nines for the Rotary Club of DeLand's Glamour & Gore dance, or you can dress as a beastie that goes "Muhwahahahaa" in the night.
Or, as event co-chair Ed Denston said, you can just come as yourself.
After 19 years. the Rotary Club of DeLand has shifted its largest annual charity event from a televised Christmas auction, to the Glamour & Gore party set for Saturday, Oct. 26, in the garage on Artisan Alley in Downtown DeLand.
"The Rotarians wanted to do something different," Denston said.
Denston had chaired the Rotary Christmas Auction for the past eight years before the club ended it after the 2011 auction.
"In the last years, we raised $40,000-$45,000, which went back to the community," Denston said.
In 2012, the club, also called Noon Rotary, hosted several small events, but did not have a large charity event.
"We still managed to give away a lot of money," Denston said. "The auction is dearly missed."
Glamour & Gore will benefit the Police Athletic League, Polio Plus Now, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
"We're still going to give money to the community, but we want to make sure we take care of those three," Denston said.
The Rotary Club of DeLand was founded in DeLand in 1926, and its mission of service above self extends to charity work and other efforts that better the city. This Rotary Club is the group that places U.S. flags throughout Downtown DeLand for national holidays such as Memorial Day.
There are three active Rotary clubs in DeLand. Denston said they all work together to make the city a better place.
The Rotary Club of DeLand hopes the upcoming Halloween dance will do a lot of good in the community, and be a lot of fun for those who attend.
"Hopefully this will do well," Denston said. "We've been planning for almost a year, and we're hoping for a fantastic show. Maybe this will go for another 19 years."
Glamour & Gore will take place 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets cost $50, and can be purchased online or at the door.
The event will feature dancing, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and beer and wine. Other drinks will be available for purchase.
There will be a silent auction, a $1,000 raffle, and $2,500 in costume-contest prize money.
The Rotary Club of DeLand is also partnering with the Athens Theatre, which is hosting a family Boo Bash earlier in the evening.
The inaugural Athens Halloween Boo Bash will be 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the 100 block of West Indiana Avenue. The Boo Bash is family-friendly, and will have live music, children's activities, vendors, costumes, performances and more. Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.delandrotary.org, or find DeLand Rotary on Facebook. For more information about Boo Bash, visit www.athensdeland.com.
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