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Strand Notebook | Horry County Council on Aging hosts fundraising event in February

Adults of all ages are invited to dine, have fun and dance to the music of one of the Grand Strand’s popular beach bands at a fundraiser on February 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will be held at the Grand Strand Senior Center at 1268 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Tax deductible tickets are $35 for singles and $50 for couples. Proceeds will be used to support the Horry County Council on Aging’s home delivered meals program.

The band will be Sea Cruz, which is well known among shaggers and other local dancers. Along with shagging music (Carolina Beach Music), the group brings its audiences a wide variety of songs, including the best of 60’s oldies, classic rock, 70’s disco and current selections. Since 2002, Sea Cruz has had numerous nominations at the Carolina Beach Music Awards and has won several awards.

The Grand Strand Senior Center is one of 10 Horry County Council on Aging (HCCOA) centers that serve seniors in many different ways. The others are in North Myrtle Beach/Longs, Conway, Aynor, Loris, Bucksport, Burgess, Green Sea/Floyds, Carolina Forest and Surfside.

Laura Cason, marketing coordinator, said the COA, a non-profit, delivers an average of 7,000 meals per month to homebound seniors, many of whom do not have families and otherwise might not get a meal. “It’s sad and shocking,” she said.

There are several sponsors for the event, including Coccadotts Cake Shop, a custom cake and cupcake bakery in Myrtle Beach. Traditions Meal Solutions, also a sponsor, provides the food for the home delivered meals program and will provide dinner for those attending the event. Representatives of the Waccamaw Sports Classics will be there to register participants for the Senior Games and hand out T-shirts for the games, which will be at Coastal Carolina University on April 8. Horry County Council on Aging representatives will also be there to tell interested guests about the COA and all that it provides for seniors.

Whether you are 50 and eligible to become a member of the COA in Horry County or not, you probably know someone who would benefit greatly from being a member and enjoying the camaraderie of other seniors. The list of things they do together is almost endless, ranging from playing Bingo and other games, to learning new things and going on trips together. With all that going on, no senior should have to feel lonely and alone.

There is no way to lose with membership at the Grand Strand Center. The membership is $20 per year, and the center provides its members two meals each week on site. That’s 104 meals for $20. If you know someone who lives in the vicinity of the Grand Strand Center, or any of the COA centers, please make sure they know about Horry County’s great attempt to help take care of its seniors by providing services that “afford older people the opportunity to live independent, meaningful, and dignified lives in their own home and community for as long as possible today and in the future.”

For more information, visit www.hccoa.org. For information or tickets, call the Grand Strand Center at 626-3991 or Cason at 503-4626.

Peggy Mishoe, pegmish@sccoast.net, 365-3885.

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