The Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice Volunteers hosted a Rock-A-Thon on Thursday to those interested in helping raise money to benefit the Volunteer Fund. The Volunteer Fund supports patients and families of Johnston Health Home Care and Hospice and the SECU Hospice House.
The theme of the event, “Rockin’ for Hope,” tied into the many performers song choices and dance moves.
Entertainment included vocal performances from The Social Security Boys, The Johnston County Golden Girls, Elvis (Stevie Edwards), and Anne Brown. Baker’s School of Dance and Sassy Feet also brought a dancing component to the fundraiser.
Many participants, of various ages, rocked and enjoyed a front row seat of the entertainment. When asked why she decided to come out and rock today, first time rocker Debora Sasser responded, “to help out the new hospice center.”
Mary Braswell, a member of both The Johnston County Golden Girls and Sassy Feet, felt an emotional connection to Hospice and the volunteers that work there. Braswell said, “Hospice isn’t just for those who need the care, but also for the families of those who are passing.” Hospice helps by providing meals to the families who are enduring the potential loss of a loved one.
Also at the event were games and raffles. A rocking chair and about twenty baskets, all filled with various goodies were auctioned off.
Music and dance for centuries has been used as a tool to unite, celebrate, and commemorate occasions. The music and dance provided at the Rock-A-Thon did just that. The Rock-A-Thon 2015 not only raised money for Hospice, but also provided people of all ages the opportunity to come together, meet new people, and interact with Hospice volunteers who are passionate about what they do.