Moms And Sons Share A Dance, Make Memories – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 2/3/2020 at 3:40pm

The Family Pace of Transylvania County recently hosted its second annual Mother and Son Dance at Lola's Old Hickory House. The event is a fundraiser for The Family Place. (Courtesy photos)

Magical memories were made this past last week when more than 70 mothers and their sons gathered at Lola's Old Hickory House at a dance created just for them.

The Family Place of Transylvania County hosted its second annual Mother and Son Dance as a fundraiser to support its programs.

"Father and daughter dances have been around for a long time here, but I heard from many moms of boys who wanted their very own dance," said Rachel Vandergrift, a Family Place board member who saw this as a chance to raise some funds for the organization.

DJ Dogg, Marcus Lester, was the natural partner for the event.

Lester has been an avid supporter of The Family Place and was excited to bring families together through music.

The dance floor was swinging all night as families danced, played party games and enjoyed one another's company.

"I love seeing the moms dancing with their sons and having a great time," said Erin Drew, The Family Place's executive director. "To be able to incorporate the mission of The Family Place into our fundraiser is a wonderful way to convey who we are."

The Family Place's mission, to strengthen families through support, education and community building, really came to life as families and friends warmly greeted one another at the dance.

The dance was made possible by sponsors, including Lola's Old Hickory House, Class Sound and Entertainment, O.P. Taylor's, BluAxis Realty, Brevard Health and Racquet Club, and Trent & Associates.

During the evening, several parents shared how The Family Place benefitted them.

Rhea Avera, mother of three, described being new to town and being, "welcomed and heard" as soon as she walked through the door. Her family quickly became regular attendees, participating in Parent Chat, the Learning Garden, Stay and Play and, most recently, the Circle of Security class. She shared when an illness impacted her family the people she met and connected with through The Family Place rallied around her, "The Family Place Family came together and took care of us," she said. "They watched our kids, they brought us food and they nurtured us back to health."

Michelle Taylor, mother of four, shared about the different programs her family has participated in, but stressed, "it is so much more than the programs, it is the connections that you make with other families who are in the same stage of life. The Family Place is where you can connect with another mom who may be going through the same things you have, or learn from another's experience."

The Family Place and their collaborations – Community Playgroups, Natural Play Project and CONNECT – were all impacted by the closure of United Way of Transylvania County. Fundraisers, such as the Mother and Son Dance, are one way the agency is working to meet the shortfall. The Family Place has also received several private donations, which are greatly appreciated.

"We will graciously accept donations of all sizes directly to The Family Place," Drew said. "Community members have really stepped up and showed their support."

Last year The Family Place touched the lives of 407 children and 377 adults, providing 8,600 units of service.

The Family Place is a nonprofit agency with two locations: 970 Old Hendersonville Highway in Brevard and 88 Chestnut St. in Rosman. Services are free and open to children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

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Laura and Riley Merrill


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