This could be the last dance for the Anne Arundel County CBers Fighting Muscular Dystrophy.
The officers of the club say if ticket sales don't pick up for their annual fund-raising dance tonight at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club, this will be the end of the 10-year-old tradition -- and maybe the end of the club.
"If we don't get some community support I don't think we'll be able to do it anymore. We'll be spending more than we take in," President Cass "Swivels" Milburn said.
If so, it'll mean the group, once known as the Chrome City Breakers, will go the way of majority of CB clubs from the late '70s.
Secretary Marcia "Temptation Eyes" Stinemire says the fund-raisers for "Jerry's Kids," including the popular Labor Day "coffee break" carnivals along Ritchie Highway, have been the only glue holding the club together for a long time.
"We don't talk together (on the citizens band radios) as much as we used to now, since they abolished the license (requirement for CB users). There's a lot of background noise and 'skip,' " Stinemire said.
"Skip" is the term for CBers who boost their power to talk state-to-state. The practice is illegal but common, and it tends to crowd the channels with noise.
Throughout the 1980s, the focus of the club gradually shifted from the radios to organizing charity dances, bake sales and carwashes to support the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. The grouphas raised as much as $23,000 a year for victims of the chronic, non-contagious disease that progressively wastes away its victims' muscle tissues.
The muscular dystrophy connection was a natural for the club, Stinemire says. Its first fund-raisers, 13 years ago, were the coffeebreaks for vacation travelers at the Earleigh Heights fire hall during Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day Telethon.
Milburn has a more emotional explanation that comes from visiting the victims of muscular dystrophy at camp and working with them at the coffee breaks.
"It'sheartbreaking that these kids can't walk. Did you know a wheelchair costs $1,000? It's just I can walk and I want to help the kids who can't," she said, choking back tears. "Please, please, please buy our tickets and help these kids."
The dance runs from 9 to 1 tonight atthe Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road.
Tickets are $9 -- 100 percent of which goes to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation -- and pays for beer and soda.
Show and Tell, a local Top 40 band, will be performing.