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Fundraiser > Travel back to the ’50s at the family sock hop Saturday

By Special to the Monitor


Los Alamos Family Council’s 8th Annual Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop will be from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church’s Parish Hall. 

This alcohol-free, multi-generational yearly event is LAFC’s only fundraiser, said executive director Joyce Beery. “Families interested in a evening of fun will find it at the Hop,” Beery said, noting that in addition to music and dancing for all ages — including dance contests — activities will be provided for children.  

An appearance by “Elvis” is a distinct possibility, Beery added, saying he would love to see everyone dressed in  ’50s garb. 

“We always see a lot of poodle skirts,” she said.  

Dinner can be had, too, as ’50s food, to include burgers, nachos, and root beer floats, will be available for purchase.  

A highlight of the evening will be the raffle of an original Sec Sandoval watercolor titled, “Resilience,” valued at $3,000.  

A limited number of 100 tickets for the raffle will be sold at $25 each, so buyers have “a good chance of winning.” Sandoval has regularly contributed his artwork to LAFC. He and LAFC employee Paul Martinez are cousins. 

“Martinez is the director of LAFC’s Youth Activity Centers, one of LAFC’s many and varied services,” Beery said. 

“The centers offer free after-school and summer programs for students in grades three through eight. Activities are designed to build resilience in youth, and all of our supervisors receive prevention training,” she added. 

Along with the YACs, Family Council offers general mental health therapy for almost all diagnostic areas, as well as extensive substance abuse programs including intensive outpatient therapy and DWI school. 

Services are provided primarily to low-income clients, Beery said.  In addition to money raised at the Sock Hop, LAFC’s major revenue sources are grants — particularly from the United Way and Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group — and donations, individual and corporate. 

Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos Medical Center have traditionally provided the largest corporate grants.

Beery said the Sock Hop is considered an effective model of family-focused, multi-generational activities and provides an opportunity to celebrate with friends and supporters of the agency. 

Tickets for the Sock Hop and for the Sandoval print drawing can be purchased by calling 662-4160. Admission to the hop, also available at the door, is $10 per person or $25 for families (reduced from $35 in past years).