Owen-Withee Ambulance Dance Draws Crowds

Travis Rogers, Jr.

Owen-Withee Ambulance Dance Draws Crowds

1 min
July 20, 2021

After years of holding the annual Ambulance Dance at the Owen Old School gymnasium, the Owen-Withee-Curtiss Fire and EMS District moved to the more open surroundings at Munson Bridge Winery in Withee. With tents safeguarding against inclement weather, the winery was the perfect spot for an evening of open-air fun and music.

With well over 25 buckets raffles, a 50-50 raffle, and silent auctions, the fund-raising event did just that. In events such as this, patrons enjoy parting with their currency to support the local fire and ambulance volunteers.

Food was available through Cravings of Medford and live music was provided by the Stat Cats, a two-man band armed with Fender Stratocaster guitars and an arsenal of timeless hits from Johnny Cash to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A hit from the Temptations (My Girl) was enough to keep the Motown lovers happy. With every song, dancers filled the dance floor.

The event started at 6 p.m. and continued well past 10 p.m. with a 9:30 break to announce raffle and auction winners. And whoever was No. 19 walked away with armloads of prizes, winning at least five raffles throughout the night.

Noel Barteck worked furiously leading up to the event, gathering donations of items for raffling off and Gracie Dale announced the winners from the stage. Whoops and cheers (and some groans) echoed through the tent as each raffle winner was announced.

With the raffles and auctions completed, the Strat Cats took to the stage again to close out the night.

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Travis Rogers, Jr.

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