Dance-a-thon will raise money, show appreciation for COVA

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 November 2022 at 3:28 pm

ALBION – Gotta Dance by Miss Amy is welcoming the community to get up and dance to show their appreciation for COVA and raise some money for the organization, which has providing critical services to Albion and the surrounding area since 1979.

There will be a dance-a-thon from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 22 at Gotta Dance at 28 West Bank St. Dancers don’t need to pre-register. They can simply show up and dance, and give a donation of at least $20. Others are welcome to attend and watch the dance-a-thon and leave a donation for COVA. Cider and donuts will be available.

COVA has been struggling financially and could cease operations soon, with a different ambulance organization expected to take over in central Orleans County.

Amy Sidari, owner of Gotta Dance, said COVA has served the community for 43 years, providing emergency help, including for her late mother.

“I pray your family hasn’t needed their help, but for those of you who have, I am sure you share in my gratitude,” Sidari said. “Last year we lost my mom and it was the most difficult two years of our lives. I do not know how we would have made it and kept her safe during times of emergency. Thank you to all the staff who have dedicated their days and hours to serving Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance.”

If there are changes to COVA and the organization closes, Sidari said the funds raised at the dance-a-thon will still go to COVA for the organization to use as needed, possibly to set up scholarships, cover past expenses or emergency needs.

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