The Annual Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure

Help this very special festival continue to support a very special community...
Jo Beyersdorfer
United States
5 Team Members

Who Doesn't Love Dirty Dancing?!?!  The Dirty Dancing Festival has made big waves by helping charities, supporting a local economy in need, and bringing the magic of movie back to its fans in the film's original location!   However we need your help to keep it going... 

Our Story

In September of 2010 we debuted the first ever Dirty Dancing Festival, in beautiful Lake Lure North Carolina, where much of the classic movie was filmed. Live bands performed, everyone learned new dance moves, money was raised for charity, and the press LOVED the event both here in the US and abroad (12 international journalists attended the festival!). There was a lakeside film screening, a daytime family dance festival, and a sold out 'Time of Your Life' Gala.  It was truly a magical weekend!

The Second Annual Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure is scheduled for the weekend of September 16-18, 2011, but we are in danger of having to drastically scale back or even cancel the festival.  Doing so could be detrimental to the future of the festival and all of the businesses and charities it benefits!

The Impact

While the press and the attendees loved the festival this past year, the real success came in many local hotels being booked and restaurants and shops seeing customers during a time of year where many may have otherwise been forced to close.  Lake Lure is a wonderful destination for tourism and much of the local economy depends upon it.  In addition to helping a local economy in need during this economic downturn, funds were raised at the festival to support Hospice of Rutherford County, the Foundation Performing Arts Center at Isothermal College, and the Lake Lure Youth Center.

And lastly, it's DIRTY DANCING!  This festival is the only one of its kind and everyone LOVES this movie!  This festival has brought the magical memory of this movie to life! Help us keep the spirit alive at this festival so thousands more can enjoy it year after year!


This festival is not only special to the community of Lake Lure and the attendees who love the film, but it also has the potential to build over the coming years into a major arts and music festival and serve as a large-scale fundraiser for various charities!  2012 will mark the 25th anniversary of the movie Dirty Dancing, and we already have the support of Lionsgate Films, the North Carolina Tourism Board, the original writer of the movie, Eleanor Bergstein, and many more cast and crew from the film!  

However with all of the success, publicity, attendees, and support by big names, we still need cash to produce this festival.  If we can't make it happen this year, there may be no 25th anniversary and no future for this festival and its charities.

What We Need

This campaign is to raise $5,000 (though we'd really love to raise $7,500) to produce the lakeside screening portion of the Dirty Dancing Festival, and we'll be able to keep this portion of the weekend FREE to attend!  

Production Costs for the Lakeside Screening:

Outdoor movie screen/generator rentals: $3,000

Printed Materials (banners, signs): $500

Lighting: $600

Tenting for charities/info booth: $250

Food for volunteers/volunteer parking staff: $250

Security (local police officers): $300

Supplies (rope, caution tape, safety vests,): $100

Total: $5,000

If we can raise $7,500 we could also have:

Merchandise to sell for charity benefit (water, drinks, koozies, t-shirts): $1,000 (which could raise up to $3,000 for charity from these small items alone)

Dance performers that can also teach dance lessons: $500

2 plane tickets and food per diem for the event producers:  $1,000*

*This is a necessary cost that we will have to incur ourselves if it is not funded


And Just So You Know: We are working to get the following costs waived:

Permits from the city

Film rights (we are working with Lionsgate Films)

Staffing (we will use as many volunteers as we can!)

Additional entertainment (a host and a band)

Product donations (water and food for volunteers, crew, performers)

What You Get

We have put together the perks on the right side of the screen to thank you for your help!  Last year we SOLD OUT of our Dirty Dancing Festival T-Shirts at the festival but also a few times over the months leading up to the festival!  These are coveted items and great conversation starters.  The koozies are a really fun gift or fun for yourself this Summer, and we hope you love the other items as much as we think you will if you're a fan of this movie!  All prizes will be shipped shortly after the end of this campaign.
The womens tees are PINK OR BLUE v-neck and the mens tees are BLUE scoop-neck and the koozies are BLUE!  Please specify your size and color choice when you make your contribution!

**And if you're not ready to give, please leave a comment on our page or add us a favorite 
so you can keep you updated!!**

How The Rest of the Weekend - We Also Need Corporate Sponsors!

We still need corporate cash sponsors to fund the rest of the weekend's events - the daytime festival, golf tournament, and lakeside concert!  


We know this festival and this movie are near and dear to the hearts of many of you, so any connections or introductions to corporations that could sponsor our event would warrant our eternal gratitude and if you come to the festival we'll treat you like ROYALTY!  VIP all the way.  

We have press stats and a SPONSORSHIP PACKET available for download on our website, or contact us for information at  We have many perks to offer through our many local partners in the area and we're happy to share them with nyone that can help us secure funding!


Who Are We?

This festival is produced by JNB Marketing & Events in association with the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce. The 2010 festival benefitted Hospice of Rutherford County, the Lake Lure Youth Center, and the Isothermal College Foundation Performing Arts Center.

If We Don't Reach Our Goal

If we don't reach our 5K goal, we will have to dip into our own pockets to produce this screening, and hopefully have some funding from other parts of the weekend leftover after the event to reimburse ourselves.  Your contributions will go toward the screening whether we reach the 5K mark or not and you will receive your perks regardless as well of course!  We want this to be a corporate-sponsored event in the future but for now, to keep it fund raiser, we hope your contributions will support the cost of putting on this screening.  Thank you!

How Else You Can Help

Tell your friends!  A little bit from a lot of people can really add up!  Please post our campaign and share it anywhere you can - Twitter, Facebook, etc.  Here is our URL:


Thank you SO much for your time and your help!  This event can do great things as it did last year, but we need your help to keep it going!

Best Wishes,

Jo Beyerdorfer

Director, Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure

Find This Campaign On
raised in 3 months
68% funded
No time left
$5,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on May 30, 2011
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Watermelon Level Contributor

    A big THANK YOU note from the festival and our eternal gratitude!

    2 claimed
  • $25USD
    Kellerman's Contributor

    Your name on a thank you slide at the festival screening, a big THANK YOU note from the festival, and our eternal gratitude!

    8 claimed
  • $50USD
    Baby's Corner Contributor

    A special Dirty Dancing Festival T-SHIRT in whatever size you choose (Women's S-XL or Mens M-XXL) AND KOOZIE shipped to you! Also your name on a thank you slide at the festival screening, a thank you letter and our eternal gratitude!

    14 claimed
  • $100USD
    Johnny's Mambo Contributor

    A Dirty Dancing DVD, TWO special Dirty Dancing Festival T-SHIRTS in whatever sizes you choose (Women's S-XL or Mens M-XXL) AND TWO KOOZIES shipped to you!, your name on a thank you slide at the festival screening, a thank you letter and our eternal gratitude!

    9 claimed
  • $500USD
    Lake Lift Level Contributor

    A Dirty Dancing DVD, a special Dirty Dancing Festival T-SHIRT in whatever size you choose (Women's S-XL or Mens M-XXL) AND KOOZIE shipped to you! Also, your name on a thank you slide at the festival screening, and a PRIVATE BOAT TOUR around Lake Lure for up to 8 people the weekend of the festival or anytime! Oh - and our eternal gratitude of course :)

    1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Time of Your Life Sponsor

    A Dirty Dancing DVD, 8 festival tee shirts and koozies, the PRIVATE BOAT TOUR for 8 people in Lake Lure, a picnic dinner at the festival screening for 8 people, a huge thank you from the festival and our eternal gratitude! Also if you have a business you would like to promote, we can add your logo and link to our festival website, e-blasts, on the sponsors slide at the screening, and we'll give you a free booth at the festival!

    1 claimed
Do you think this campaign contains prohibited content? Let us know.
Other Campaigns You Might Like