Help raise money for the Norwalk Dance Center Competition Team

A local dance competition team is hoping to raise some much-needed funds with an innovative new way of raising donations.
Amanda Amsel
Feb 5, 2013

The Norwalk Dance Competition Team will be hosting the North Coast Quarter Madness from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5 at the Norwalk VFW, 140 Milan Avenue in Norwalk. 

“The North Coast Quarter Madness is a mixture of a crafts fair and bingo,” said Jody Strickfaden, organizer for the event. “Participants pay $5 admission to the event and they receive a bingo paddle with their admission ticket. They then pay $1 for each additional paddle.”

Want to go?
WHAT: North Coast Quarter Madness for Norwalk Dance Center Competition Team
WHEN: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Norwalk VFW, 140 Milan Avenue, Norwalk
COST: $5 admission, additional costs for games
INFO: 419-750-0243

Items are then raffled off in a bingo style format with the purchased paddles each having a number on it. To bid on an item up for auction a participant must bid $.25 to $.50, depending on what item is up for auction, and then place their paddle in a cup.

All the items up for bid have been donated by area businesses.

“Some of items people can bid on include gift cards to Applebee’s and Pizza Brothers, tickets to sporting events and massage tickets,” Strickfaden said. “We also will have a Chinese Raffle where other items will be raffled off.”

Tickets to the Chinese Raffle are $1 for 1 ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. A variety of prizes will also be raffled off during this game too. 

“Unlike the North Coast Quarter Madness once you use your Chinese Raffle ticket it is gone and can not be used again,” Strickfaden said. “The paddles for the North Coast Quarter Madness can be reused in multiple raffles.”

There will also be a crafts show at the event where local vendors will be able to sell their unique items. Some of these items include homemade aprons, candy and Tupperware. 

The majority of the funds raised from this event go toward the Norwalk Dance Center Competition Team.

“They are a dance team with 17 girls between the ages of 6 years old and 16 years old,” said Casi Shupe, parent to a team member. “The money raised from this will help with transportation to competitions, hotel costs, costumes and a variety of other costs associated with the team.”

The team, which competes out of state and in state, also performs for free at nursing homes and community events.

“The community really loves seeing them perform and really looks forward to it,” Shupe said. “However, it is not cheap to be a part of this team, so this money is very much needed.”

For more information on North Coast Quarter Madness for Norwalk Dance Center Competition Team, contact Jody Strickfaden at 419-750-0243.