Largest hokey pokey dance-world record
set in Belmar
BELMAR, NJ, USA -- A hokeypokey event to
support the Julianne
and Emily Hendrickson Fund for Children took place
at the Fifth Avenue boardwalk and beach, and more than 500
people took part -setting the world record for the Largest
hokey pokey dance.
Photo: Participants gathered and made
a circle. When the music kicked in, the event started, and
it lasted for about 20 minutes./ Photo by Peter Ackerman
Fourteen-year-old Julianne Hendrickson and her 9-year-old
sister, Emily, were killed in a plane crash Aug. 6 in Sitka,
Alaska. Their father, Robert Hendrickson, 45,
of Spring Lake Heights, and his fiancee, Linda Khudair, 34,
of Wall, also were killed.
The Hendrickson Fund's mission is to break
the cycle of poverty and welfare through outdoor experiential
education, according to the event flier.The event raised more
Lu Stierman, an event coordinator, said
the event is planned to become annual. "It's really amazing
to look out there and see how many people came out," Stierman
The sun was shining, and dancers were comfortable
wearing T-shirts in weather that was unseasonably warm in
contrast to the snow earlier in the week.
Kevin Kennedy, 52, of Toms River stood on the
boardwalk at Fifth Avenue watching his wife and 12-year-old
daughter, Olivia Kennedy, among a swarm of other participants.
"I think anytime you get people together for
a community event, it has a positive outcome," Kevin Kennedy
said. "You're creating goodwill, and during times we have
right now, that is what we need."
Sunday, November 2, 2008