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Rock 'n' roll dance to benefit Doctors without Borders efforts

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2003

Juneau families can help support international medical relief efforts and have fun by attending a family rock 'n' roll dance from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at McPhetres Hall.

The dance will raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization that delivers emergency aid to victims of wars, epidemics and natural and human-made disasters.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids age 3 to 18, and $15 for a family. Refreshments will be on sale and additional donations will be collected. All proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. Also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, the group's 2,500 volunteer doctors, nurses and other professionals work with 15,000 locally hired staff to provide medical aid to people in more than 80 countries.

"With all the trouble in the world today, everyone needs to connect to a group that's helping those in the most dire need," said Betsy Longenbaugh, one of the organizers of the dance. "Doctors without Borders doesn't take sides. It goes into a situation and helps the victims and makes good use of the money it raises."

The benefit dance will feature at least two generations of disc jockeys playing a variety of dance music for all ages, from oldies to contemporary hits. Younger children enjoy anything with a good beat, and preteens and teenagers will hear favorites as well as dance tunes from their parents' generation, said Elizabeth Schoenfeld, another dance organizer.

"Middle-schoolers will be ready for a summer break and high-schoolers will be celebrating the end of finals," she said. "You should come to this dance and finish your school year with your friends."

The alcohol- and drug-free dance will be at McPhetres Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Fourth and Gold streets downtown. Tickets will be sold at the door and parking is available at the church or in several nearby lots. The hall is also a block away from a Capital Transit bus stop.

For more information, call 364-1597. For information about Doctors Without Borders, check out its Web site at http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/.



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