Dance to help Old Town girl with diabetes

Posted April 16, 2010, at 8:32 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Dancing fools in the Bangor area can lace up their blue suede shoes for a good cause on Saturday, April 24, when Rockin’ Ron and The New Society Band will hold a benefit spaghetti supper and dance in Orono for the family of 4-year-old Phebe Guido of Old Town.

The youngster, who recently underwent a lower leg amputation because of Type 1 diabetes, faces a long and difficult recovery and rehabilitation. Her story was featured in Friday’s Bangor Daily News. Phebe’s parents, John and Gia Guido, have three other young children and are confronting significant financial hardship in addition to worrying about their youngest daughter’s future.

Rockin’ Ron and The New Society Band performs most Saturday nights at the American Legion Hall in Orono. Members include lead singer Ron Cunningham and drummer Steve Sinclair of Glenburn and bassist Jeff Budge of Hermon. The group specializes in classic rock ’n’ roll dance tunes from the 1950s and 1960s.

The band’s time, the spaghetti meal, the hall rental and all labor will be provided by volunteers, band manager Jim Thiel said Friday, so all proceeds from the April 24 supper and dance will go directly to help the Guido family.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. for the supper, with the dance afterward. A cash bar and nonalcoholic beverages will be available. A $7 donation will be collected at the door.

For more information or to reserve space for large parties, call Thiel at 735-5454.

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