“The World’s Greatest Disco Party” Returns to Central Texas

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – A party dubbed the world’s biggest disco party, featuring a band touted as the world’s best disco band by actor John Travolta, returns to central Texas for the second straight year to benefit ark of hopea local non-profit organization that helps families who have lost someone too soon.

Retro Revolution 2.0 returns bigger and better than ever, moving past its inaugural location in McGregor and moving to The BASE at Waco’s Extraco Events Center on Saturday, August 27.

“I think the event is going to be amazing,” said Archway Chairman of the Board, Paul Allison. “It’s going to be a light show. It’s going to be good music, good dancing. This will be a party that most people won’t attend very often. For some people, maybe even a once-in-a-lifetime party.

Partygoers are encouraged to grab their bell bottoms, platform shoes and flowery tops and step out in costume for an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing with the band Le Freak.

“They’re amazing,” Allison said of the band. “They bring the crowd and the public into the practice, into the show. There are going to be lights everywhere, dancing. It will be different from most parties that people have been to.

Although the party is designed to be fun, the organization’s mission is to help families through an unimaginable loss, which often tends to be the loss of a child.

Archway of Hope was founded following the death of Rhett Hering, 15, of McGregor. Rhett was killed in a UTV accident in 2015.

Rhett’s parents, Lorna and Jimmy, said that while they had lots of family and community support, they struggled to find advice from anyone who had walked in their place.

Allison is a close family friend who traveled with the Herings. His passion for organization is extremely personal.

“They’re all part of a club they don’t want to be part of and at first they just don’t feel like they can get on with their lives in a lot of cases,” Allison said. “As time passes and they can talk and visit people who have walked their path and have made it and are beginning to live meaningful and meaningful lives, they begin to find hope and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Archway of Hope operates in three main areas. The group offers acts of kindness, including cards and gift cards to families. Archway also offers many online resources on its website.

The third way Archway spreads its wings is through a Legacy of Hope series in which documentaries are created about lives lost early.

The first documentary produced was about Rhett. It ends by showing how his mother, Lorna, is now back in school teaching at McGregor High School after an extended hiatus following Rhett’s death. Rhett’s younger sister, Mara, is now a track star at Texas Tech and her older brother, Ryan, is at Baylor Law School.

A second story is in final production and focuses on 16-year-old Cordelia Sloan of McGregor, who died in a car crash in 2020.

The idea is to use the power of storytelling to offer hope through films designed to keep memories alive and encourage others to see that life after loss is possible.

If you would like to support Archway of Hope and attend the Retro Revolution 2.0 fundraiser, you can visit Retro Revolution 2.0 – World’s Biggest Disco Party (archwayofhope.org). Individual tickets are $150.

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Joseph K. Bennett