Blue Jean Ball nets $28k for Covenant Hospice (VIDEO)

David Colon and Erika Moreno

David Colon and Erika Moreno, of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Crestview, swing their hips to spicy Latin beats.

THOMAS BONI | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Covenant Hospice has $28,000 extra that can cover various end-of-life care services after its Blue Jean Ball surpassed fundraising expectations, Lill Jennings, development specialist, said.

“I think it’s gonna be more than that. We don’t have all the expenses in and we have more checks (to account for),” she said.

The Oct. 13 event, which brought fire juggling, mermaid waving, wench dueling and dancer-ogling fun to the Crestview Community Center netted $2,000 more than expectations, she said.

Proceeds for the “Magic on the High Seas” themed event will cover non-funded or under-funded services, Odin Berg, Covenant’s chief financial officer, said. These include coverage for uninsured patients — those who “fall between the cracks” and lack Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, Jennings said — along with bereavement, children’s support and chaplain services.

Funds came from ticket sales, a silent auction and event sponsors, namely supporters of four “Crestview stars” who worked with Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Crestview instructors for weeks to perfect their moves before appearing on stage. Dancer sponsorships were as follows: Michael Hamby, $3,151; Maryann McBride, $3,058; Sarah Fordyce, $1,637; and Bob Jones, $677.

Crestview’s “stars” —Hamby, of Chesser & Barr, P.A.; McBryde, of Okaloosa Title and Abstract; Fordyce of North Florida Financial; and Jones, Crestview High School principal —paired with instructors Aaron Stowell and Erika Moreno.

“They spend a lot of time and effort to train these people for weeks,” Jennings said of the dance studio.

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