Tony Tone
Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

I’ll be honest, when my friend Becky Steel Anson reached out with a flyer labeled, “Swine Ball,” I didn’t know what to think! Turns out, the Swine Ball is truly a fun fundraiser for the American Cancer Society of Muscatine County, and it takes place this Friday, April 1!

This is also the first annual event, and all attendees are encouraged to wear their tackiest and wackiest outfit! The “Swine Ball” will have food, silent auction items, games like hog calling, and music via my friend and DJ Drew Minder. They’ll also crown the King and Queen of the Swine Ball. Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

I should mention that it’ll be held in the Overlook Ballroom, located in downtown Muscatine from 6 until 10:00 p.m. if you haven’t been to an event in the Overlook Ballroom, wow, what an incredible space they have transformed in the Old Hotel (located above the Pearl).

Becky, Ed Chamberlin, Diana Tank, and friends have done such a great job with various fundraisers over the years supporting the American Cancer Society. I hope that they all know just how much I appreciate their efforts, and I expect they’ll continue choosing to make a difference in our community.

Cancer is something that unfortunately impacts all of us. As I’m writing this column, I’m flooded with memories of my late Uncle Michael, who passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November of 2007. My oldest son Henry’s middle name is Michael because Uncle Mike was such an essential figure in my life.

Folks, we need to ensure that events like the Swine Ball are a success so that we can keep funding and supporting our friends and neighbors who are battling cancer. I love the work that the American Cancer Society of Muscatine County does, and this fundraiser will allow them to continue meeting the need. I hope that the Swine Ball is a success and that it comes back year after year and gets bigger and bigger.

Having an event like this also signals a return to normalcy, which is something that excites me. One of the most significant consequences of COVID has been canceling fundraisers, which impacts organizations’ abilities to give back. Having an event like this makes me feel optimistic and quite frankly excited to get back together with a group all set on raising money and awareness!

So, get your tickets for the Swine Ball for just $30 per person by texting 563-260-1135 or by emailing [email protected], and be sure to put together your most tacky and outrageous party attire! Kudos to all involved in planning this fundraiser. Thank you!

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