As its name suggests, the dance is centered around the concept of giving to the less fortunate during Thanksgiving. The dance will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Park Hall's Multipurpose Room.
To get into the dance, attendees must bring two-canned or boxed non-perishable food items or $3. These donations will be taken to Muncie's Second Harvest Food Bank to provide those less fortunate with food for the holiday season.
Emily Barsic, the SHC service director, said the idea for the dance started brewing last year during the elections for the current SHC officers. During SHC officer elections, the nominees have to work together to form ideas from prompts that they are given. The other SHC members vote for their officers based on what nominees they thought were most successful with the handling the prompt. One of the prompts last year was designing a dance. A group of the nominees came up with the idea of a dance during the first semester in which attendees paid admission not by money, but by canned goods.
Since this is the first Thanksgiving dance that SHC has organized, the officers do not have a set amount of people that they expecting to attend.
"It's a first-time event, so we're just trying to get people there," Maren Orchard, SHC'S director of online promotions, said.
Besides music and activities, another event will be the crowning of SHC's King and Queen of Giving. Throughout the year, SHC members have been donating food and have received points based on the amount and kind of food that they have donated. The SHC member that has received the most points throughout the year by the end of the dance wins. The people that attend that are not in SHC can have their donation contribute to the total number of points of a friend that is in SHC.
"For cans, I would love to see how much we can do," Barsic said. "Hopefully [the king and queen crowning] will start some competition, but also some desire to help serve."
The dance is an unenforced semi-formal. Casual wear is also accepted and everyone is allowed to attend.
Barsic said that Second Harvest is "very, very thankful for anything that we give them."