Pop your collars and break out your pearls and lace—because the ladies of Boone Service League are getting footloose as we celebrate the ‘80s!
The Totally 80s Party brings this unforgettable decade of daring fashion, radical hairstyles and unforgettable tunes back to the future from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the Blowing Rock Conference Center Gymnatorium. The event is open to guests 21 and older.
DJ Dave Blanks will spin you right round with all the hits of the ‘80s, and the event includes gnarly nosh from Red Moon Catering, a cash bar with wine and Appalachian Mountain Brewery beer, totally tubular live auction packages, a raffle, photo booth, best-dressed contest, as well as other fun ‘80s surprises.
“Whether you were born in the ‘80s, went to high school in the ‘80s or just lived through the ‘80s, you can appreciate the music and culture that made the ‘80s so iconic,” said Rachel Bridgeman, Boone Service League social chair.
Established in 1957, the Boone Service League is an all-volunteer women’s civic organization serving Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties. Each year, the Boone Service League awards grants to High Country charities, presents scholarships to high school seniors and responds quickly to provide financial assistance to families in crisis. Boone Service League members also hold food and supplies drives and volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program, Habitat for Humanity and other worthy causes.
As this year’s spring event, the Totally 80s Party is the nonprofit’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year.
“We decided to mix things up a little this year and throw a theme party fundraiser that we thought might appeal to a variety of ages,” Bridgeman said. “We decided to eliminate some components of our previous fundraisers to make this event more about having a great party, while raising money for a great cause.”
The live auction begins around 8 p.m., with Jesse Miller serving as auctioneer. Auction packages include resort stays, Disney World passes, weekend getaways, ski passes, concert and festival tickets, arts and entertainment events, gift certificates from the area’s finest restaurants, and much more. More music and activities will follow the auction.
Can’t find your Members Only jacket or MC Hammer pants? Not to worry—the Totally 80s Party has you covered with Rad Bags of ‘80s accessories.
“In preparing for this event, we had so much fun thinking about our own memories of the ‘80s and have incorporated many of these things into the fundraiser,” Bridgeman said.
Sponsors of this year’s fundraiser include Boone Dermatology Clinic; Red Moon Hospitality; Appalachian Mountain Brewery; Blue Ridge Ear, Nose & Throat; Blue Ridge Hearing Center; Reeves Divenere Wright, Attorneys at Law; Allen Wealth Management; Mountain Times Publications; Miss Match Rentals; Deer Valley Fitness; Vidalia; and Appalachian State University Office of Arts & Cultural Programs.
Tickets are $45 each; purchase your tickets in advance by visiting booneserviceleague.org/totally80s or at the door. A portion of the ticket cost is tax-deductible.
Follow Boone Service League and the Totally 80s Party on Facebook for weekly contests to win tickets and other prizes.
The Blowing Rock Conference Center is located at 1818 Goforth Road in Blowing Rock. For directions, visitwww.brccenter.org/directions.html.