The 3rd Annual Cancer Benefit Dinner and Dance of Batesville will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Oct. 26, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 624 Delaware Road.
The event is open to the public.
Event Coordinator Ken Konradi told the Daily News that proceeds will go to The Hansen Center, Batesville, and to Hanson-affiliated St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis.
“The money raised from this benefit doesn’t go toward patient bills,” Konradi said. “Instead, it goes toward gas, lodging and other associated expenses for patients who can’t otherwise afford it. People come from quite a long distance in many cases to be treated at these facilities.”
For a $17 admission, attendees will be treated to dancing and a dinner of Roast Beef or Turkey, with sides that include mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, salad, drinks and dessert.
According to an event flyer, the evening will include music from the ‘40s, ‘50s and 60s, with local DJ Kevin Green manning the turntable.
Konradi stressed that the music will be played at a volume low enough to allow attendees to easily hear one another and chat.
“It will be low enough to hear yourself think,” he said.
Chris and Laura Ault, who own a Batesville dance studio, will provide a short ballroom dancing demonstration.
The evening will also include a 15- to 20-minute joke session, and presentation by a bone-marrow donor.
“Our joke teller isn’t a professional comedian,” Konradi clarified. “Just a local man who likes to tell jokes; he’s very funny.”
Konradi stressed that the jokes will be 100 percent clean. “These are jokes you could tell your minister.”
“This event isn’t a seminar or any type of business meeting,” he continued. “This is just a public event of dinner, dancing, soft music and friendship.”
Konradi, himself a cancer survivor currently in remission following a successful bone-marrow transplant a year ago, first conceived of the Dinner and Dance Benefit shortly before his own diagnosis a few years ago.
“The Greensburg Audiology Center held a similar event a year or so before we organized our first one,” he said. “It gave us the idea, and showed how to put it together.”
Konradi added that the Dinner and Dance has evolved as a way for himself and other cancer survivors to give back to the community.
“This community has been so supportive and helpful to me throughout my battle with Luekemia,” he said. “I can’t thank them enough, and there are plenty of other cancer survivors here who feel the same.”
He also thanked the 31 businesses who sponsor the event, saying it wouldn’t be possible without all of their support.
“This is certainly a group effort,” he said. “We’ve got businesses who help with printing and advertising and just about anything else you could think of associated with staging something like this.”
Sponsors include: The Office Shop, Roman Nobbe Inc., Edward Jones — Greg Berkemeier, Friendship State Bank, Konradi Insurance Services, Ault Chiropractic, ETC, Tudor Square, Dunlap Building Materials, Straber Oil Company, Batesville Chrysler, Wallpe & Trenkamp, Laker Electric and Plumbing, George’s Pharmacy, Quality Auto Mart, Tri County Vet Clinic, Morris Feed Mill, Enneking Auto Body, Whitewater Publications, Whites Auction Barn, Osterling Chimney Sweep, Meyers Funeral Home, Steve Meyer Trucking, Southeastern Indiana Tile, WRBI, Bedel’s Marathon, Brau Haus, Vertical Landscaping, Lincoln Street Grill, Cricket Ridge Public Golf Course, Scheele Orthodontics, Ollie Masonry, Litzinger Carpet and Cabinets, and D and D Tractor Sale.
For more information on the 3rd Annual Cancer Benefit Dinner and Dance of Batesville, call 812-934-6600.
Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.