Square dancers from throughout central Ohio converged upon the Pickerington Senior Center Sunday, Nov. 15, to have some fun and raise money to help disabled veterans.

Square dancers from throughout central Ohio converged upon the Pickerington Senior Center Sunday, Nov. 15, to have some fun and raise money to help disabled veterans.

In all more than $1,400 was raised for the Disabled Veterans of America when 84 dancers from several different area organizations joined forces and took the floor for three hours of fellowship.

Donna Easley of Pickerington's Friendly Ties Square Dance Club said it was an appropriate salute given that November is "Veterans Month."

"All the proceeds are donated to the Disabled American Veterans," she said.

Including spouses, eight square dance callers and cuers, and other volunteers, attendance topped 100 for the charity event.

Pickerington's American Legion Post 283's Color Guard started the festivities off by a posting of the colors followed by the National Anthem. From there it was all dancing -- nearly three hours worth.

Easley and her husband, Jim, have been square dancing for 45 years. They wanted to find a way to help those in need, so they organized the event with Debbie Kitt, social director of Gahanna's Hi-Timers Square Dance group.

"We researched several veterans organizations and decided on the Disabled American Veterans," Mr. Easley said.

"We wanted to do something. We felt this was a good way to provide funds to the organization," he said.

Kitt said "almost all of the central Ohio square dance community" was present and accounted for at the event.

That includes members from about 13 different clubs from throughout central Ohio, she said, adding many dancers are members of more than one club.

Mr. Easley said the central Ohio square dance community made a tangible impact on the lives of those in need who served the country.

"This is the first time we had a square dance to support the veterans," he said. "I think it went pretty well."

Given the success of Sunday afternoon, Easley said he hopes this will become an annual event.

"We have people from all walks of life who have different philosophies, but we all get together and have fun," he said.

Easley said service to those in need was on full display when a rookie dancer won a raffle and gave all of her winnings right back to the Disabled American Veterans.

"She didn't even hesitate," he said. "She put it right back in the pot."

It's that kind of selflessness that defines the square dance community, Easley said.

"These people are pretty good about giving back," he said.

Easley also thanked the Pickerington Senior Center, which donated the use of its facility to hold the event.

"They were amenable to us having the hall so we got a free hall," he said.