WEIRTON - Clients from the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop and the Hancock County Opportunity Center gathered at the Serbian American Cultural Center on Tuesday where they danced the night away during the annual dance hosted by the Weirton Kiwanis Club.
For the fourth year, the Serbian American Cultural Center hosted the dance sponsored by the Weirton Kiwanis Club. More than 100 guests, including clients, family members and community volunteers, were invited to dine, dance and sing karaoke throughout the evening.
In addition, a local singing group, The Joseph Sisters, performed and spent the evening dancing the night away with the clients in attendance.
Mike Hagg, director of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, said the clients begin talking about the event two weeks beforehand and continue to talk about it for weeks after. He said the Kiwanis Club does a great job with the event where the individuals who receive services through the Workshop and Opportunity Center can eat, dance and have a good time.
"We're really happy about the number of people who continue to support the dance," said Club President Duke Horstemeyer. "There are several students volunteering to make it a great event."
Aggie Monezis of the Weirton Kiwanis Club said the annual event is something she and the clients look forward to each year. She said various other businesses and organizations come together and donate for the event.
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY — Clients from the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop and the Hancock County Opportunity Center gathered at the Serbian American Cultural Center where they danced the night away during the annual dance hosted by the Weirton Kiwanis Club. -- Angelina Dickson
CROWNED — A king and queen were crowned during the annual dance hosted by the Weirton Kiwanis Club for the clients at both the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop and the Hancock County Opportunity Center. Pictured is Jennifer Oklok and Sam McCullough. The dance was held at the Serbian American Cultural Center. -- Angelina Dickson
"Of all the things I have been involved with in the city of Weirton, this dance is one of the best if not the best," she said.
Partygoers gathered on the dance floor for several hours for dancing, singing and impersonations. Jennifer Oklok and Sam McCullough were crowned king and queen during the night.
Gus Monezis said seeing the joy on the faces of the people in attendance was enough to nearly bring him to tears several times. He said it's one of the biggest days of the year for them and he's glad to be a part of making a special night for them and the community.
Along with the members of the Kiwanis Club, members of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs-West Virginia Weirton Woman's Club and student from local schools volunteered to decorate and have fun with the clients throughout the night.
Clients were presented with T-shirts and a copy The Joseph Sisters' CD during the dance.
(Dickson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)