A memorial and fundraising dance is being held in memory of Vernon’s Ruth Blencoe in order to help bring back one of her favourite annual events, the Christmas Lunch. (Photo - submitted)

Vernon dance raising funds for late instructor’s favourite non-dancing event

Dancing in the Moonlight event honours Ruth Blencoe, who loved the Christmas Lunch

It was her favourite non-dancing event.

And now, the late Ruth Blencoe’s widower, George Blencoe, wants to bring it back.

A former employee at Kindale Developmental Association, and a well-loved Vernon dance instructor, Ruth Blencoe died in February in a car accident.

“The Christmas Lunch was Ruth’s favourite event,” said George, referring to a catered feast held annually in the auditorium at the Vernon Recreation Complex, which will now be called the Blencoe Christmas Lunch.

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George pledged to bring back the Christmas Lunch for people with diverse abilities.

“Ruth loved seeing the joy that the celebration brought to a segment of the population of our community that is often forgotten at Christmas.”

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In Ruth’s memory, Blencoe and friends will host the Dancing in the Moonlight country dance featuring Lee Dinwoodie on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Schubert Centre. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the dance will start at 8 p.m.

The dance will help raise funds for the Blencoe Christmas Lunch.

Tickets are $30 in advance from Bannister Honda, White House Mortgages and the Schubert Centre. The price for tickets at the door will be $40.


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