Square Dancers Gather to Benefit Camp Courageous
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
MONTICELLO, Iowa - Camp Courageous supports people with special needs all throughout the year, but Sunday afternoon it received a helping hand from some square dancers.
The annual square dance benefit is a long-standing tradition. It's all about music, helping camp courageous and just plain ole fun.
Dozens of square dancers were on the move Sunday afternoon. They're dancing to the beat of a fundraising tune they know, all too well.
"We are having our 24th annual square dance benefit for Camp Courageous,” said Camp Courageous Administrative Assistant Becky Melchert.
Dancers and those calling out the moves came in from all over the area.
"People from Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque [and] Independence – yea, eastern Iowa, basically,” said Square Dancer & Organizer David Lahr.
Many have mastered the dances over the years, but the magic in these steps isn't so much the skill as it is the fun of it all. Even if you mess up, there are still smiles on their faces.
"You laugh and move on, you have fun. It's not a competitive activity,” Lahr said.
Still with every step, these dancers helping Camp Courageous reach out to even more people. The facility depends on donations and fund raisers to keep its doors open. Last year, the camp served about 6,500 people.
"When they come to camp, the reason that they come to camp, for just a while, they want to be like everybody else. Our main goal for them to come to camp is to have fun,” Melchert said.
Organizers say every year the event has grown. After 24 years of fund raising for Camp Courageous, the dancers said it would continue for years to come.
"We are not going to let this one die… It's just so worthwhile,” Lahr said.
Organizers said the dancers raise more than $2,000 dollars in just one afternoon.
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