Dancing and more at Mokena Lions Firecracker Dance
By Erin Gallagher Correspondent July 17, 2014 6:20PM
The Mokena Lions is hosting its 27th Annual Firecracker Dance on July 19, 2014, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Metra lot on Wolf Road and Front Street. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, including the music of two live bands. There will also be a "Margaritaville" cash bar available with frozen daiquiris and margaritas, as well as food, beer and wine available for purchase. | Photo provided.
Updated: August 19, 2014 6:18AM
A little dancing, maybe a frozen daiquiri, some mix and mingle — that is what the Mokena Lions has planned for its 27th annual Firecracker Dance on Saturday.
Staged under a 160-foot tent in the Metra lot at Wolf Road and Front Street, about 1,000 people are expected to attend a big outdoor block party, said Robin Urbaszewski, a Lions director and event chairman.
“The whole idea is just to have everyone outside for a fun time on a great summer night and to enjoy everybody’s company and to listen to some great music,” Urbaszewski said.
The music starts when the gates open at 6 p.m. The opening band is the Baked Potatoes. Then at 9 p.m., the Hat Guys take the stage until midnight.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Cash bar includes ice-cold beer and a “Margaritaville” area with frozen margaritas, daiquiris and wine. Nancy’s Pizza is providing food for purchase. Tickets are entered into a raffle for $5,000, $1,000 and $500 cash prizes.
“Even if someone is unable to attend, buying a ticket is a great opportunity to have a chance at a substantial cash prize as well,” Urbaszewski said. “Even if the weather is not perfect, we have a very large tent that they can fit under.”
The Lions International is a nonprofit service group that helps people with sight and sound challenges, particularly children, using 100 percent of the monies raised, he said. In addition to helping individuals with medical costs for exams, the Mokena chapter also hosts a horseback riding camp for children twice a year. The group pays for children to attend summer camp for blind and deaf where they learn life skills as well as have fun.
The Mokena Lions is in its 61st year and has 65 members, Urbaszewski said. Tickets are available through members or by emailing mokenalions