EAST ALTON — The William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center is making final preparations for its 35th annual benefit dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Julia’s Banquet Center.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Executive Director Gary Osborne said. “The money raised at this annual event is going to be earmarked for a new van to be used with developmental training. The annual dance always proves to be a fun gathering for our guests with great entertainment.”
The Mondinband will take the stage to provide classic and new rock ’n’ roll.
“The Mondinband always brings a great crowd in on their own,” Osborne said. “They have a good sound and the people really enjoy listening to their music. I believe this is their fourth or fifth year in a row with us at the dance.”
The guest co-chairs for the 35th annual dance are Gerard and Mary Beth Fischer of American Family Insurance in Godfrey.
“My wife, Mary Beth, and I have had several acquaintances at the William M. BeDell Center,” Gerard Fischer said. “Dave Logan has been the recreation director for probably 30 years and our sons played ball together. He used to bring a group loaded up in the old white van to games to cheer on the players. Mary Beth and I wanted to be involved and help promote this great event and we hope a lot of people will come down to Julia’s and party with us for a while.”
The center was formed in 1957 by a group of parents of mentally disabled children. Its board of directors, members and staff have developed programs to provide services to families and individuals with developmental disabilities. As a private nonprofit organization, the center’s staff of approximately 130 serves more than 550 people per month throughout Madison County.
Tickets are available for $20 by calling Gary Osborne at (618) 251-2175 or Shirley Wiedman at (618) 466-1070. Monetary donations can be made at any time and submitted to 400 S. Main St., Wood River IL, 62095, attention: Gary Osborne.
For information, visit www.bedellarc.org.
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