WEIRTON - Clients from the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop and the Hancock County Opportunity Center gathered at the Serbian-American Cultural Center on Tuesday, when they danced the night away during the annual dance sponsored by the Weirton Kiwanis Club.
For the fifth year, the Serbian-American Cultural Center hosted the dance. More than 100 guests, including clients, family members and community volunteers, were invited to dine, dance and sing karaoke throughout the evening.
Aggie Monezis of the Weirton Kiwanis Club said this is the 14th year she and her husband, Gus, have taken the lead with Kiwanis in organizing the event and it is something she looks forward to every year. She said it takes a lot of people who are willing to support the dance and donate their time and money toward providing an evening of fun for those who attend.
ANNUAL FLING — Clients of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop and Hancock County Opportunity Center took part in the annual Spring Fling hosted by the Weirton Kiwanis Club at the Serbian-American Cultural Center on Tuesday. -- Contributed
"This is one of my favorite things each year," she said. "These guys are so happy to be here and everyone has such a good time."
Deb Witkowski, entertainment reporter for WTOV-TV, said she and the others involved look forward to the dance almost as much as the clients. She said a community event such as the Spring Fling really makes a difference to everyone involved.
"It's so heart-warming," said Kiwanis Club member Miki Marino. "It's nice to be here with everyone and just enjoy life."
Mike Hagg, director of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, said the clients begin talking about the event two weeks beforehand and continue to talk about it for weeks after. He said the Kiwanis Club does a great job with the event, where the individuals who receive services through the Workshop and Opportunity Center can eat, dance and have a good time.
"We really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making this possible," added Hagg.
"These guys love it and even our staff looks forward to being here," added Dawn Swogger, program specialist for the Hancock Opportunity Center. "It's so much fun and Kiwanis does such a good job, and it's just a nice thing we get to do."
Party-goers gathered on the dance floor for several hours for dancing, singing and impersonations. There was also a photo booth for friends to gather in to take home a memento from the night.
Matt Micinack and April Thompson were crowned king and queen during the night.
"There is so many negative things in the news, but taking a look around at this event, it is one of the most positive things I've ever been involved in," said Gus Monezis.
Along with the members of the Kiwanis Club, members of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs-West Virginia Weirton Woman's Club, members of the Weirton Elks and student from local schools volunteered to decorate and have fun with the clients throughout the night.