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Fairmont fundraiser a 'Dance to Remember'

October 28, 2010
Jenn Brookens — Staff Writer

FAIRMONT - Ever since she lost her first husband to an early onset of Alzheimers Disease, Lenore Olson has participated in walks and other charity drives for the Alzheimers Association. But there have not been a lot of events locally for participation.

"I've participated in two walks, and my daughters several more since they live in the Cities," Olson said.

Her first husband, David Olinger, suffered from Alzheimer's Disease in the mid-1990s, and died at the age of 53 in 1999.

With her daughters, Kirstin Francis and Amber Halverson, Olson began planning "A Dance To Remember" to be held Nov. 27 at the VFW building in Fairmont.

"We didn't know if we would be able to have it there, and we're really happy we can, since the other places are all booked up and the VFW has more room."

The idea behind the dance is to do something a little different and also something that should guarantee a good time.

"I spent a number of years thinking of how to give back," Olson said, adding that she wanted the event to be close to Thanksgiving. "We could have done a memory walk, but there are already several walks."

"We've gone to different charity events, and wanted to find another way to give back," added Halverson.

The dance is still in the planning stages, but the organizers are hoping to host an event that will appeal to all age groups. A deejay from "Music in Motion" will be playing music for the dance.

"We hope to have music from big band and polkas to rock and roll," Olson said.

One unique feature for the dance is the dress code, which is vintage, sort of.

"We want people to wear an outfit they have good memories of," Olson said. "Like a mother of the bride dress or some other outfit you have a good memory of but don't have opportunities to wear."

Other events going on with the dance are also being planned, such as a quilt raffle by Ruth Ann Beckendorf.

"The quilt is in purple and lavender, which are the Alzheimer's Association colors," Francis said.

The quilt will be on display at Bank Midwest.

All proceeds are going to the Alzheimer's Association. Tickets are set at $20 per person or $40 per couple, and will be available at Bank Midwest, Hy-Vee and Fareway Foods starting Monday.

More information or those who would like to volunteer or donate can contact Olson at (507) 235-3257.



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