The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 1, 1999
November 1, 1999
VOL. 29, NO. 10


Ready to Rock and Roll for the United Way

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

It's not a flashback. The Oldies But Goodies Dance is coming out of its five-year hibernation on Friday, Nov. 5, as Homewood's Glass Pavilion pulsates from 5 to 11 p.m. with music from throughout the decades.

The onetime annual event, which benefits the Johns Hopkins University United Way Campaign, was held first in the mid-1980s and ended its run in 1994. However, due to popular demand, the dance has made a comeback.

Minnie Hargrow, office attendant in the President's Office, says she, for one, is very glad to see it return. Hargrow, who chaired several of the former dance committees, says the event typically attracted more than 300 people, and it was "a great opportunity to let your hair down" and interact with other staff, faculty and students.

Some members of the Oldies But Goodies committee gathered at a recent planning session. Back row: Megeen Thomas, Cindy Ragin, Helen Dunne, Ruthie Babcock, Charlotte Friedman, Judy Peregoff, Pat Palmer and Cynthia York. Seated: Minnie Hargrow and Sidney Green.

"It felt like a big reunion," says Hargrow, a member of this year's dance committee. "It was a chance to see each other in a casual setting and to meet people you don't usually see, even though they might work on the same campus as you."

Some attendees in the past came to the Oldies But Goodies Dance dressed in retro outfits, such as '50s-style long skirts or "greaser" clothes. Hargrow says she expects some people to dress up in period wear again this year, but the dance is not just for fans of the "oldies."

"This dance is for everyone--young, old and middle-aged," says Hargrow, adding that the dance is intended to become once again an annual occurrence.

In addition to music and dancing, the evening will feature door prizes and a raffle wheel. Prizes include items such as gift certificates to local restaurants and Orioles tickets.

Admission, which is $12 in advance and $15 at the door, includes a dinner buffet with soda and snacks; beer and wine will be sold. For tickets or more information, contact Helen Dunne at 410-516-8459 or Cindy Regin at 410-516-5242.

Hargrow says that although the dance is scheduled to end at 11 p.m., she doesn't expect the party to slow down when the last song is called.

"We usually have a very good time," Hargrow says. "And most times people don't want to leave for another hour."

Campaign update: Our United Way campaign has raised $1,366,076--81 percent of the combined goal of $1,684,000 for all Johns Hopkins entities. Congratulations to the employees of the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education and to those of Johns Hopkins Home Care for achieving more than 100 percent of their goals.

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