Soc Hop will benefit Relay For Life

Published 9:50 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2007

By By Adrienne McKenzie
The 1950s were full of TV shows like "I Love Lucy" and "The Brady Bunch," musical artists such as Elvis Presley and Patti Page and the clothing consisted of poodle skirts and leather jackets.
First National Bank &Trust will be bringing back all the festivities of the 50s Saturday night when they host a Relay for Life Soc Hop fundraiser.
The goal of the event is to raise an abundance of money for the cause, according to Jennifer Prestridge, a co-captain of FNB&T's Relay for Life team.
"We just want to make a lot of money for the American Cancer Society," she said.
Becky Ganey, the other co-captain for the bank's Relay for Life team, said the employees are looking forward to the event.
"We are very excited because we are hoping we will have a good turnout," Ganey said. "The better turnout we have, the more money we can raise for the American Cancer Society. Our main goal is to have fun and to raise money that will help find cures for cancer."
The entertainment for the evening will be a disk jockey from Pensacola, Fla., called Music on Wheels. Music on Wheels is a family oriented company, and will play 50s music suitable for even children's ears.
There will be light refreshments at the soc hop, according to Prestridge.
"We are going to have Pepsi(r) available," she said. "We'll also have cookies, brownies, cupcakes and popcorn."
Everyone at the event will be donning their 50s attire and according to Prestridge, poodle skirts weren't the only things women wore. Capri pants were also in style during the 50s, only with a different title.
"A lot of people wore pedal pushers back then," Prestridge said. "Now they are called capri pants."
Prestridge also said she just recently learned how the soc hop got it's name.
"I just learned that back then when you went to a soc hop, you took off your shoes and danced in your socks so you wouldn't mess up the gym floor," she said. "That is why they call it a soc hop."
This is the second event of the year that FNB&T is hosting for Relay For Life, according to Prestridge.
"This is the first time we've done a soc hop," Prestridge said. "We always do the celebrity servers, this is just an addition."
The Soc Hop will be held at the Atmore Area YMCA Saturday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and admission is $5. FNB&T personnel ask that children under the age of 14 be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, please call 368-3148.

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