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Night of dancing to benefit Columbia charity devoted to feeding the hungry

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” Emerald Ballroom in Columbia is offering a chance for everyone to make sure Friday is not a lost day, and to lend a hand to those in need simply by having a good time.

Food Not Bombs distributing free food at Finlay Park (photo by Allen Wallace)

Food Not Bombs distributing free food at Finlay Park (photo by Allen Wallace)

The ballroom will host an evening of dancing Friday to benefit Columbia’s Food Not Bombs organization. The mission of Food Not Bombs is simple: they give food to people who are hungry, and have been doing so since 2002. The group collects food donations (most of which would otherwise go to waste) from local grocery stores and individuals, and volunteers distribute it at events open to all in Finlay Park and other public places.

There are no paid employees at Food Not Bombs, no office, no budget. Cash donations pay for food, plates, and cups, and proceeds from the dance this Friday will help pay for a new (used) van to deliver the food.

Friday night’s event requires no dancing skill. Champion dancers will demonstrate the Argentine tango, the shag, and belly dancing, then offer the audience a chance to learn some basic steps. Those who attend will be welcome to join in the dance lessons or simply watch while enjoying refreshments and knowing the night will help keep local people from going hungry.

Tickets are $20, and are available online. Organizers said space is limited, and advised purchasing tickets in advance. Those who are unable to attend but want to support the cause can make donations here.

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