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DELAND - Get ready to twist again.
Chubby Checker will take to the streets and the Athens Theatre Thursday, Oct. 11, to help raise money for Florida Hospital-DeLand and set a new Guinness Book of World Records.
Dancing goes well with Florida Hospital's efforts to promote wellness, according to president and CEO Mark LaRose.
"Our organization is, and always has been, about promoting good health and wellness," LaRose said. "Chubby Checker's 'The Twist' was the no. 1 song in 1962 when Florida Hospital DeLand opened 50 years ago. This event is just another way to say thanks to the residents of Volusia County for putting their trust in Florida Hospital-DeLand for the last 50 years."
Chubby Checker himself is very health conscious and believes that his years of doing the twist have helped him stay fit at age 70.
"I really do credit all my dancing for keeping me healthy," Mr. Checker said. "I hope people get inspired at DeLand's concert and start to dancing and twisting into better shape."
Thursday's action starts with Mr. Checker, along with his Wildcats band, leading an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for "the most people twistin' in the streets at once." To do that, they will need more than over 1,600 people twisting simultaneously. Encore Catering in DeLand will serve up a mix of healthy and fun concessions for the community-wide celebration and dancers from local studios will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on an outside stage. The Central Florida Zoo will also be attending with several "party animals."
Tickets are available for Mr. Checker's "Twisting Thru the Decades" concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave.
Tickets for preferred reserved seating, which includes orchestra center rows one through five and balcony center rows one and two, are $80. Tickets for general reserved seating are $65. There are only 450 tickets available. The Athens Theatre Box Office is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., and tickets can also be purchased online at www.fhdeland50.org.
Proceeds benefit the Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation, which helps raise funds to enhance and expand the facilities and services at the hospital.