Children's Home of York will relive the '80s to raise money to help the youth they serve today.
The organization will hold its third annual Kids Rock event from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Valencia Ballroom, 142 N. George St. in York City.
The event features a battle of the bands competition, with six groups - consisting of local businesses and organizations - dressing like a 1980s band and singing their songs.
The groups will perform along with a Rock Band video game. The groups will compete for wins in two categories: highest accuracy percentage according to the game and People's Choice. Attendees can buy votes to select their favorite bands.
Among the groups is Business Information Group (BIG), an information technology company that is sponsoring Kids Rock for the third year.
"Each year, the event is more exciting and interesting, and we are honored to be able to support an organization that does so much for the children and families in this community," said Scott Dolmetsch, BIG's chief executive officer.
Auctions, too: The adult-only event also features live and silent auctions.
Proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit all programs of the Children's Home of York, which serves more than 1,000 children and families in south central and south eastern Pennsylvania.
The organization helps clients overcome crisis by providing care, intensive therapy, education, life-skills training and community-based therapeutic recreation, according to its website at www.choyork.org.
For the Kids Rock event, Children's Home of York expects at least 300 people will buy tickets costing $55 each, said Katie Mahoney, the organization's assistant director of development.
A group from Children's Home of York also will participate in the band competition, she said.
"We hope (attendees) learn more about us and the work we do," Mahoney said. "We hope they will form relationships with us in the future. And we want them to have a good time and help us fundraise."