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Young Men United presents Valentine Sweetheart Dance
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Young Men United president Donald Crisp invites everyone to the organization’s fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 16 to benefit local kids. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Dance the night away while helping to raise funds for underprivileged kids in our community.

Young Men United members invite everyone to a fun-filled night with R&B music and finger foods.

In recognition of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, Young Men United is holding a fundraiser – a Valentine Sweetheart Dance. The dance is set for Feb. 16 from 8 to 11 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person. Pay at the door.

According to YMU president Donald Crisp, the event is to raise money for sponsorships like youth basketball as well as other needs. The organization’s mission statement is “building character for life” and members strive to keep youth on the right track through advice and mentorship.  

“Some of these kids just need a little love and for someone to care,” said Crisp. “We saw that so many kids were going in the wrong direction doing drugs and getting in trouble so we decided to jump in and help through mentorship. And this is for all kids – black, white, Hispanic, etc.”

The Valentine Sweetheart Dance will be held at 199 Vanley Rowan Road and will continue annually. 

Crisp also said guests can dress casually.

“You can wear jeans and a sports shirt if you like,” said Crisp. “You don’t have to wear a suit or gown.”

If you’d like to contribute to Young Men United, donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 7073 McMinnville, Tenn. 37110.