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Rotary prom raises $21K for charity
Dancers get down Feb. 12 to music by the Sapphire Bullets of Love during the Richmond Hill Rotary Clubs annual fundraiser at Richmond Hill City Center. This years event was a prom theme based on the musical "Grease." - photo by Photo by Katie McGurl

More than 200 Richmond Hill and Savannah residents danced the night away last weekend at the Richmond Hill City Center to raise money for local and international charities.
“We are delighted to have received so much support from the wider community for this vital fundraising activity,” said Aimee Harris, Richmond Hill Rotary Club president and attorney at Harvey & Hendrix. “We are proud to have raised over $21,000 for local and international charities as this means we can continue to give to international Rotary initiatives, such as the eradication of polio and Alzheimer’s research, and very importantly to give to our local charities – which are very close to my heart and an important objective for our Rotary club this year.”
The Richmond Hill Rotary Club has held a fundraising event every year since it was founded in1995, but this year’s prom-themed evening exceeded expectations.
Guests were transported back to the 1950s with vintage cars parked outside the City Center, which was transformed into a 1950s ballroom with a big band – the talented Sapphire Bullets of Love – playing throughout the evening. Ladies wore prom dresses and many people dressed up as characters from the musical “Grease.”
A highlight of the evening was a professional dance show with songs performed from this movie followed by a dance contest.
Susan Hayes from Life Moves Dance Studio donated time and expertise to ensure the show – starring local residents Daniel Royal, Carly Hallman and Rich de Long – was a great success.
Money was raised through the generosity of many local businesses and individuals that not only sponsored the event but also provided prizes and helped with publicity.  A significant amount was raised through ticket sales and the sale of beverages and prom photographs during the evening, as well as bids at the live and silent auctions.

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