Concert at the Lakes raises money, disco fever

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Disco-patterned vests shimmered in the setting sun as Polyester Express taught the crowd how to do “The Hustle” at the ninth annual Concert at the Lakes on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Put on by the Rotary Club of Santee-Lakeside and the Santee Lakes Foundation, Rotary Club president Elana Levens-Craig said the concert is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Disco-patterned vests shimmered in the setting sun as Polyester Express taught the crowd how to do “The Hustle” at the ninth annual Concert at the Lakes on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Put on by the Rotary Club of Santee-Lakeside and the Santee Lakes Foundation, Rotary Club president Elana Levens-Craig said the concert is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Levens-Craig said the money funds the Rotary Club’s scholarship program, which pays for the first two years of community college for graduates of Santana, West Hills and El Capitan. She said several former scholarship winners volunteered at the concert.

“They’re not just taking,” she said. “They’re giving back.”

Bill Pommering serves double duty as the president of the Santee Lakes Foundation and treasurer of the Rotary Club. He said past concerts helped pay for upgrades and maintenance at Santee Lakes, including the new Bark Park.

“We don’t know if we one person or 1,000 people are going to show up,” Pommering said. “But it’s the same amount of work.”

Along with the ’70s music, the concert featured dinner and a silent auction. There was even a contest for the best male, female and couples costumes.

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