Photos from the dance can be viewed at Shutterfly, courtesy of Jennifer Ross.

Barack Obama

Obama Inaugural Dance
A Sell-Out Success

Large Local Crowd Energized by Country's Monumental Change

Rowley, MA: The Rowley Democratic Town Committee hosted the Barack Obama Inaugural Fundraiser Dance on Saturday, January 17 at the Carriage Pines Golf Club. 280 attendees danced the night away from 7:30 p.m. to midnight to the tunes of R. B. Entertainment’s (Salisbury) Motown-inspired music while celebrating the beginning of a new era in government with supporters, volunteers, and voters who made history by electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Over 300 tickets were sold and the parking lot was full by 8:15 p.m.

Proceeds from the party will benefit local Rowley charities. “Our goal was to do something fun while raising money for local charities,” said organizer Robert Cianfrocca, owner of Salt Marsh Antiques. “Obama’s candidacy and election has motivated a whole new group of people who want to get involved in helping their community. This party was only the beginning of what we hope will be continued engagement. ” The Rowley Democratic Town Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Salt Marsh Antiques to discuss donation options. All interested people are welcome to attend,

Many local businesses and individuals contributed to making the event a success. Mitch Mitchell of the Back Nine Salon/Catered Affairs donated the delicious hors d’oeuvres that were passed to hungry revelers and dancers throughout the night. Terri Davidson Cabitt of Davidson Communications (Rowley) designed the event poster and Web site and Raleigh Graphic Design (Newburyport) created the admission/raffle tickets. Other Rowley and area businesses donated door prizes including Vintage Salon and Day Spa, American Barbeque, Bark Plaza Doggie Day Spa, Cathy’s Country Kitchen, Colantuoni Brothers Equipment (Dedham), James Mickelson Gallery at Bittersweet Collectives, Rivers Edge/Ipswich Party Shoppe, Bittersweet Collectibles, Salt Marsh Antiques, and Nunan’s Nursery (Georgetown). Additionally, the following individuals did their part for the party: R. Clark, David Moore, Bram & Elizabeth DeVeer, Gail Matheson, Bob and Adele Krumpholz, Bob and Angela Schmuck, Ruth Hovey, Cathy Pasquina, Margery Stergis and the Byrant family. As members of the party committee, Caryn Carangelo, Judith Kehs, Terri Davidson Cabitt, Joan Petersen, Nancy Cribari, Curt Bryant, Carol Deforrest, Bonnie DiMairino, Nancy McCormack, Lane Bourne and Stuart Wells contributed many hours of their time working to make the affair a success.

This was the first big fundraiser by the Rowley Democratic Town Committee, which has grown in number and involvement in the past year. “The committee was never very active besides a couple of meetings in the past,” Cianfrocca said. “Just recently, a whole new group of people, young and old, came together and is trying to figure out a way to introduce the new committee to the town. I think in the past, there wasn’t too much excitement about the party. But a democratic wave is taking over the country including in small towns like Rowley.”