ALBANY -- Elvis may be in the building for the Albany Rotary Club's Sock Hop on Jan. 26, or at least his doppleganger, Aaron Gobler, who will be DJ at the benefit.
"I'm on my knees every night praying that Aaron does his Elvis impersonation," Rotary Club President Caryl O'Keefe said.
Gobler will be spinning tunes from the 1950s and '60s at the event from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Albany YMCA 921 Kains Ave.
"The Rotary several years ago had a more formal dinner dance, often at the Y," O'Keefe said. "We decided we wanted something a little more lighthearted. So this sock hop is geared to get maybe a little wider reach of people to attend."
Tickets are $20, available at the Albany YMCA, the East Bay Paint Center, Albany Physical Therapy, or you can ask any member of the Albany Rotary Club. You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.albanycarotary.org/hop.
The evening will feature contests and prizes. including a "Name That Tune" competition, O'Keefe said, and a contest for best sock hop attire.
O'Keefe said she is making a poodle skirt for herself like the kind she wore in her youth, although she joked that she isn't sure she will have the nerve to wear it.
"It will be enjoyment for those of us at that age, reliving the sock hops of the early '50s and '60s," O'Keefe said.
The proceeds will go to the Albany Rotary Club. O'Keefe said there are no specific plans for the funds, but that in the past the club has supported a literacy program for immigrants working at Golden Gate Fields and an international program for dental care in Kenya.
One possible future program in Albany would be to spiff up the paint jobs on the benches on Solano Avenue.
For more details on the dance call the Albany YMCA at 510-525-1130.