With only a few steps away from their goal of raising $50,000 to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters to Erath County, the 2009 Leadership Stephenville class and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting a sock hopping event - 80s style.

So everybody (ages 18 and up) cut “Footloose” and boogie on down to the dining hall at Tarleton State University, located at 1351 W. Vanderbilt. A dinner and social will get the evening going at 7 p.m. Saturday with a dance from 8-11 p.m.

Treva Wygle, vice president of the BBBS board, said board members and leadership participants are so confident about reaching the goal that they are focusing their energy on the party.

“We are so close to our goal that we have full confidence Saturday’s event will push us over the top,” Wygle said. “We want everyone to come out and celebrate our success in working together to bring Big Brother Big Sisters to Erath County.” 

Community members from across the county have chipped in to support the effort since March, when Leadership Stephenville, a program sponsored by the chamber, kicked off the effort.

Through various events, 75 percent of the $50,000 goal had been raised by September and an anonymous donor pledged a dollar for dollar match to raise the difference. Since then, other donations have trickled in.

For Saturday’s event, The Dining Services of Tarleton State University also stepped up to help.

“Tarleton’s catering service approached us and offered to help out,” Wygle said. “They are providing the evening’s meal at cost and also providing the facility.”

Advanced tickets are on sale now for $20 per person and can be purchased at the chamber office, Town & Country Bank, Henderson Junior High, Coldwell Banker and Clayre Messenger State Farm Insurance. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25.

KSTV’s Grieg Mayberry will keep the crowd going while serving as the DJ, spinning hits from the 1980s. Nostalgic attendees are encouraged to follow suit and break out their legwarmers, tight jeans and an extra can of hairspray for the night of fun.

“Or, just come as you are, and be ready to dance,” Wygle said.

For more information, contact Wygle at (254) 965-5313 or log on to the local BBBS Web site at www.erathbbbs.org.