NEW BRITAIN – The ‘Good Old Boys’ will host the 5th Annual Remember When Dance to benefit Prudence Crandall Center at Saint George Greek Hall, 301 West Main Street in New Britain, on Saturday, April 12 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Last year’s dance raised over $6,000 to directly benefit Prudence Crandall Center’s free and confidential services for victims of domestic violence.
Fifty years ago, these men were in high school and belonged to clubs like the Earls, TK’s and the Lords – all familiar names in New Britain at that time. They once competed over cars and girls, but now these men are great friends who meet for coffee every month.
A few years ago, the group organized a reunion. It was so successful that they decided to make it an annual event. “When we were in high school there would be dances every Friday night,” explained Joe Cisz, who was a member of the Lords, “The money raised at the dance would go to the club that hosted it.” The clubs used funds collected in dues and dance proceeds to rent beach cottages during the summer. “It was a great time,” said Mr. Cisz.
e group is still dancing and having fun, but now proceeds are donated to charitable organizations. “We wanted the money raised to benefit the New Britain community, where we grew up,” explained Good Old Boys Member, Feno Samperi. Former New Britain police officer, Frank DeFelice recommended that the funds benefit Prudence Crandall Center after seeing their impact on the community firsthand. “We thought of Prudence Crandall Center because we know they provide a valuable service to the community,” said Mr. Samperi.
“We are honored that The Good Old Boys are doing this for us,” explained Suzan Bibisi, Prudence Crandall Center’s Director of Development. “We can’t thank them enough for their support and for being positive ambassadors for us in the community.”
Tickets are available before they sell out for $20 per-person by contacting Feno Samperi at 860-229-9434. The event is BYOB.
Prudence Crandall Center is the oldest domestic violence program in the state and the only one serving Bristol, Berlin, Burlington, Kensington, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Terryville. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs, court advocacy, counseling, and community education. For additional information about Prudence Crandall Center, visit http://www.prudencecrandall.org. To access the 24-hour hotline, call 860-225-6357 or toll-free 888-774-2900. All services are free and confidential.