FARMINGTON — The Hollywood Stars are coming out in town for the return of a popular midwinter event, Heat Dance II, a fundraiser that benefits emergency fuel assistance to families in Franklin County.
The dance takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the North Dining Hall of the Student Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. Tickets are already on sale in advance for $15 at The Calico Patch and Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers. Patrons may also purchase tickets for $20 at the door.
Last year’s successful dance, called Warm Hearts Warm Homes, raised $5,000 and was matched by the Sandy River Charitable Foundation. The Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund, ECU HEAT, was prepared to start this heating season with $10,000 for November and December, the Rev. Susan Crane, ECU HEAT co-coordinator said.
One hundred eighty Franklin County households, a record number, were served at the beginning of this heating season.
“The ECU HEAT Fund has already provided $34,000 in fuel assistance with three months of winter remaining,” she said. “We’re turning people away daily because there’s not enough funding this winter.”
Members of the local band, Shepherd’s Pie, and the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry have set a goal to raise $5,000 from the Feb. 1 dance with hopes that it will be matched again this year, she said.
Heat Dance II promises another evening of dancing and Academy Award fun. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite movie star or come in evening attire, as if they were attending the Oscars.
Outskirts Vintage Clothing on Broadway is offering discounts for those who attend in costume, she said.
Music will be provided by Shepherd’s Pie, and there may even be an Elvis sighting, she said. A cash bar and hors d’ oeuvres will be available. Childcare is available for $10. It’s a family-oriented event for people of all ages, she said.
Emcee Tom Saviello will award Oscars to the top sponsors, including Franklin Savings Bank and Kyes Insurance, which have each provided a $500 donation, she said. Other donation amounts are also appreciated, she said.
The Hollywood Star signs are being posted in the window of the United Way on Broadway to feature all businesses or service organizations that have made contributions to ECU HEAT as a way of helping to sponsor Heat Dance II.
Interested businesses may call Crane at at 778-2163.
Emergency fuel assistance is administered by Western Maine Community Action. Fifty gallons of fuel are authorized per household, only once per heating season.
The fuel vendors are paid by WMCA, subject to the availability of funds provided in advance by ECU HEAT. Donations to ECU HEAT are tax-deductible. Contributions are received and acknowledged year round.
ECU HEAT is a ministry of F.A.E.M. and a Community Partner of United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. For more information, please visit www.faemchurches.org.