Heat Dance II set for Friday

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FARMINGTON — Heat Dance II will be held Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. in the North Dining Hall at the University of Maine at Farmington with the goal of raising $5,000.

Jazz and soft rock music is being donated by Shepherd’s Pie to help raise money for the Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund, or ECU HEAT. 

Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance at The Calico Patch or Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers. Advance ticket sales will end by noon Friday, Feb. 1. 

The goal is to raise $5,000, to be matched by Sandy River Charitable Foundation.

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Planning Committee members Tim Wallace, Jodie Gunther, Linda Fournier and Susan Crane said they are grateful for the outpouring of support from the business community and other organizations. They have agreed to sponsor Heat Dance II by making donations of $150, $250 or $500, or by purchasing large blocks of tickets to the event. 

Hollywood Stars are being displayed in the window at United Way of the Tri-Valley Area to honor sponsors prior to the dance. 

Outskirts Vintage Clothing is offering discounts on costumes for the dance, while SugarWood Gallery is holding an Open House before the dance, with 10 percent of all sales then contributed to ECU HEAT.  

Last year’s dance raised more than $10,000. 

A Hollywood theme is again planned and guests are invited to come dressed as a favorite movie star or in formal wear, as if attending the Academy Awards. Oscars will be presented to the top sponsors during the first hour of the dance. A photographer will be available to take pictures of all the stars. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and drinks will be available at the cash bar. 

This is a family event. Child care is offered on site by UMF Honors Program students for a donation of $10. 

A basket raffle will be held for craft items created by volunteers and guests at the Warming Center, as their way of “giving back” by helping to raise money for ECU HEAT.  

During this heating season, which began in November, the ECU HEAT fund has provided 309 Franklin County households with 50 gallons of emergency fuel. Deliveries are authorized by Western Maine Community Action, as long as funds are available.

Approximately 15 families were turned away for lack of funds during the recent cold snap. No household is served more than once per heating season, and every effort is made to determine actual need before a delivery is authorized.

The 309 deliveries is the most ECU HEAT has made in one heating season. The season ends March 31.

ECU HEAT serves any Franklin County resident, with the exception of Jay, which is served by the Good Neighbor Fuel Fund. This program also covers Livermore and Livermore Falls. 

ECU HEAT, a ministry of the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry and a United Way Community Partner, is grateful to the following sponsors: Dead River Co., Franklin Savings Bank, Kyes Insurance, Farmington Rotary Club, Franklin Chrysler Inc., Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry, Franklin Community Health Network, Trinity United Methodist Women, Old South Congregational Church, County Seat Realty and Otis Federal Credit Union.

For more information, call Rev. Susan Crane at 778-2163.   

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