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ASCCA holds annual Valentine’s dance

Published 8:12pm Monday, February 14, 2011

The Dadeville campus of the Alabama Special Camp for Children and Adults hosted the 16th annual Ina Watson Memorial Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Feb. 12. The event was a fundraiser for the facility,which offers recreational activities and outdoor educational experiences to people of all ages who have disabilities and/or significant health issues.

There was no shortage of high heels, cocktail dresses, bow ties and formal suits on Saturday night as people gathered at the facility near the shores of Lake Martin. More than 300 people showed up in their finest to enjoy a candlelight lit dinner of steak, baked potato and salad before dancing the night away to the diverse sounds of an Atlanta-based band called GLOW. The throngs were served by the student ambassadors of Central Alabama Community College.

Throughout the night there was also a silent auction going on that included many different items. Some of the goods being bid on included clothing, one-of-a-kind pictures, bottles of wine and an Xbox 360. All of the merchandise was donated mostly by area organizations, businesses and individuals.

“All the fundraising that happens tonight with the dinner and the silent auction go to the Campership Program,” said Camp ASCCA Director of Public Relations Allison Wetherbee.

The objective of that program is to ensure that no future camper is denied the privilege of attendance due to an inability to pay.

“We’ve been able to keep that promise since (Camp ASCCA opened in) 1976,” Wetherbee said. “And through events like this Valentine’s dinner and dance we hope to always continue that promise.”

The gala is named in honor of Ina Watson, who was a secretary for the facility.

“(Ina) worked at the camp for many years – at least 15,” Wetherbee said. “And she was a longtime supporter, even after that.

The evening festivities started off a little somberly during the night’s opening remarks with the announcement of the news that Ina’s brother, Bill Edwards, had recently passed away. He, too, was a longtime friend and supporter of Camp ASCCA.