The annual End of Summer Bash at the Gillie Senior Recreation Center not only provides entertainment, dancing and dinner for members but it also raises money to add amenities to the facility.

This year's event, being put on as usual by office manager Michael Rose and assistant director Linda Jacobs, will take place Saturday, Sept. 29.

Organizers are hoping to raise enough money to purchase a replacement for an aging television in the center's lounge.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Line-dance instruction is scheduled for 5:30, followed by an exhibition of ballroom dancing.

Food will be served starting at 6:15, with the menu by Hoggy's Restaurant and Catering on Bethel Road, Rose said.

Jacobs said the main sponsor covering the cost of the food is Allwell from Buckeye Health Plan.

Tickets cost $18 and are available at the Gillie Center, 2100 Morse Centre Road, or at Rose's website, michaelrosemusic.com.

For the show, which starts at 7, Rose said he plans to trot out material from an Engelbert Humperdinck tribute show he's been putting together. Rose has done Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and Conway Twitty tributes in the past, and thought he'd try out songs from the English pop singer for the End of Summer Bash.

"I try to find out some history on these people so as I'm doing a show of their music, I can tie in some tidbits," Rose said.

For example, he said, Humperdinck's manager, who also managed the career of another pop singer of the era, Tom Jones, decided Arnold George Dorsey should be renamed after a 19th-century Austrian composer.

"We've already sold 50 tickets," Jacobs said last week.

She and Rose are hoping to have as many as 100 turn out.

"It's great fun," Jacobs said. "It always gives us something to work for."

"We were looking for something in the early fall, late summer," Rose said of a fundraising show to match one he and Jacobs put on at the Gillie Center for Christmas. "For a lot of folks, that's kind of a depressing time. This is kind of a last celebration where we can have fun during the dog days of summer."

Money raised by the bash, Jacobs said, will pay for a new television on which guests can play Wii bowling and watch yoga tapes.

Last year's show, she said, help fund a new stove for the center's kitchen.

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