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Pisgah Thunder Will Make A Move, Or Two, To Aid Club

 

October 17, 2016

Members of Pisgah Thunder have been practicing their latest routines. (Courtesy photo)

Anyone looking to learn a few new dance moves and show off their best Ken Bone costume, come out and support the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club at the DFR Room, home of the Ecusta Brewing downtown location, at 8 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 22.

The Pisgah Thunder will be performing their choreographed routines during a full Halloween costume party, with the dancing going until they shut it down.

Ecusta Brewing has conjured up a special flavored "Thunder Beer," which will be on tap that night. J.J. Shepard, a Pisgah Thunder founding member, said that the brew should be extra large, bold and "thunderous."

Shepherd said that this will be Pisgah Thunder's fifth performance and claims this will be their most elaborate.

"Our membership has grown from 14 to 28 full-time dancers," Shepherd recently said while on break from his routine calisthenics. "We have had to take out a separate insurance policy because our moves are so dangerous."

Some of those moves have been dubbed "The Claw," which Shepherd said is sure to be a crowd favorite.

Another is an aerial "monster move," and members of the dance troupe have their own signature moves as well.

Stephan Fuller, one of the newest members of Pisgah Thunder, is reported to have some stylish moves reminiscent of '70s disco era. Pisgah Thunder members will perform in their usual attire; the classic red bowling jackets, knee high socks and cut off jean shorts but with added Halloween flare.

On a more serious note, all proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club.

The club relies solely on donations from the community, and serves school age children in Transylvania County.

"We want to keep the doors open and available to everyone in the community," said Shepherd.

The local club, on Gallimore Road in Brevard, spends more than three-quarters of a million dollars a year to operate its programs.

It currently has some 370 youths as members, with an average daily after-school attendance of more than 200 at its 25,000-square-foot clubhouse.

A study commissioned by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has found that its local clubs, such as Transylvania County's Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club, provide nearly $10 in benefits for every dollar the community invests through its support.

In 2016, The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club spent $752,000 on operating costs.

Based on the national study findings, that will create an estimated $7.2 million in economic benefits to local youth, families and the community.

Eight full-time and 15 to 25 part-time staffers lead students in more than 25 educational after-school programs. It costs the club $1,600 a year in operating expenses for each member, but to keep membership affordable, it charges $50 in annual dues.

Much of the difference is made up by donations from individuals and organizations in Transylvania County.

"It's such an honor to have the men of the Pisgah Thunder dancing for The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club," said Jackie Witherspoon, the club's resource and development director. "It's so exciting to have a new set of club supporters who have rallied around these guys. Their appearances and personal contributions have raised $10,000 so far this year, which goes a very long way towards our programming and mission at the club.

"You have to see their new routine! Please dress up, join the fun, and support the BGC!"

Tickets are now sale for $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.classy.org/thunderween.

 
 

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