By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
PALM BAY -- Members of the Brevard community are invited to dance the night away and enjoy the beauty of classic cars next weekend, all for a wonderful cause.
The Mopars of Brevard Car Club will host its "Rock-n-Roll Revival" dance, featuring Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a car show from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Melbourne Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Palm Bay-based Nana's House, a 100-percent community-funded Christian children's home.
Advanced tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Attendees are welcome to bring their classic cars for the car show, as well as any drinks and snacks during the dance.
"The dance has been going on since 1976," said Bob Anderson of the Mopars. Mr. Anderson and his wife, Penny, have been members of the car club since 1998.
"The dance was founded by the Space Coast Street Rods," Mr. Anderson said. "After many years of hosting the dance, the club decided to pass the torch, but shortly after, the dance faded away."
Mr. Anderson, who was president of the Mopars last year, decided that his club might be able to start up the much beloved dance, while donating the proceeds to Nana's House.
"I wanted to do something more than just put money into our treasury," Mr. Anderson said. "I wanted to do something for charity."
Historically a 1950s dance, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson decided to shake things up with the format of the dance.
"While the dance has traditionally been a '50s dance, we've noticed in the last few years that the clientele is getting older and older," Mr. Anderson said.
"That includes us," joked Mrs. Anderson, treasurer of the Mopars of Brevard Car Club.
"We'd like to attract a younger crowd, so we've asked Cactus Jack to play some newer songs," Mr. Anderson added. "This is the first year that we will be updating the format a little by playing some music from the '50s through the '80s."
Attendees of the "Rock-n-Roll Revival" can also take part in a raffle, where some lucky winners can walk away with a Samsung big-screen television, gas grill and much more. Two lucky couples will also have the opportunity to win a two-night trip to the Bahamas and stay at the Grand Lucayan Resort, which includes private airfare and a gift certificate for dinner.
"There will also be a range of door prizes and many more opportunities for our guests to win great items," Mrs. Anderson said.
Nana's House is an organization that the Mopars of Brevard Car Club feel extremely passionate about.
"Children who Nana's House takes in range from those in drug-ridden household to broken homes," Mrs. Anderson said. "Kim Frodge does not separate brothers and sisters. Sadly, she's had to turn away children this year, as she does not have the facilities to take care of some of the children."
At press time, Mrs. Frodge, founder of Nana's House, said she had to turn down 78 children this year.
"The funds raised on behalf of the Mopars of Brevard Car Club will go toward our goal of building a gated community, where the children of Nana's House can live safely, surrounded by the love and support of our fantastic community," Mrs. Frodge said.
Nana's House does not receive any funding from the state of Florida, so it relies on the generosity of its volunteers and the contributions of organizations throughout the community.
"Bob and Penny, as well as the rest of the Mopars of Brevard Car Club, have put in such a tremendous amount of work into this event," Mrs. Frodge said. "I am extremely moved and appreciative of their hard work and dedication, and I know that this is sure to be a highly successful event."
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson share Mrs. Frodge's excitement about the upcoming dance.
"This is going to be a fun event, with great music and awesome cars," Mr. Anderson said. "People can dance the night away, while opening their pocketbooks to help out Nana's House."
The Mopars of Brevard Car Club will host the "Rock-n-Roll Revival" dance and car show on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Melbourne Auditorium. The car show is 4 to 7 p.m. and the dance is 8 p.m. to midnight.
Advanced tickets are $20 and $25 at the door.
To purchase advance tickets, call Bob Anderson at (321) 258-7935 or Roger Bukowski at (321) 243-4952.
The Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
Net proceeds will benefit Nana's House.
For more information on Nana's House, visit www.nanaschildrenshome.com.