BRAWLEY — It was a night to promote both the present and the future fight against cancer as the Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo and Brawley Clinic’s Relay For Life team held the 2nd Annual Relay For Life Dance Friday night.
“The overall goal of tonight’s event is to raise money for the American Cancer Society,” explained Joseph Ramirez, the main organizer of the event. “But it does go along with putting together a community dance and bringing people together as well. We want people to keep in the back of their minds why we’re doing this, and have fun too.”
From 8 p.m. to midnight, a mix of live music, food and raffles took place at the Hidalgo Hall. The hall was filled with tables and decorated beautifully with purple and white tablecloths and centerpieces. Guests were given a lei and Hawaiian-themed accessories as they entered the dance hall to promote this year’s Relay for Life beach theme.
“This is our second year putting this together,” said Ramirez. “We’ve got a lot of activity and it looks like there’s a lot of demand for it. People were asking us last year once it was over when are we going to do another one, so I think people look forward to it because we had a great time last year. Hopefully we can build on it, that’s our goal.”
As soon as the live band ‘Pure Majik’ began to play, guests immediately hit the floor dancing. The band played a mix of American classics and Mexican oldies for guests to dance the night away.
“I’m forecasting that we have a great outcome tonight,” commented Ramirez. “We did have a good response as far as ticket sales, so I think people were looking forward to tonight. The dance wasn’t supposed to start until 8 p.m. and people were here at 7 p.m., which is a good sign.”