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Maryland DJ's virtual dance party goes viral amid coronavirus pandemic

Chris Kopec, a professional DJ, said he just wanted to spread some joy.

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A Maryland DJ hosted a virtual dance party Saturday night, and the response was incredible.

As officials continue to urge everyone to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, people are finding new ways to keep themselves entertained.

More than 26,000 people joined the dance party on Facebook, which was much like playing to a stadium.

Chris Kopec, who is a professional DJ, said he just wanted to spread some joy. He created a Facebook event for the party, and the response was overwhelming.

Kopec set up his equipment in his basement and only planned to deejay for two hours, but he kept going once he saw how many people were loving the party. Families posted video of themselves dancing in their living rooms.

"We had over 7,000 messages, the coolest videos ever, just families getting together. A lot of people said their teenagers never hang out with them, and they were hanging out," Kopec said.

Kopec shared thank-you messages fans sent to him on his Facebook page.

Virtual tips were collected during the party, which will go to a good cause: dinner for firefighters at all 12 Howard County fire stations.

"My neighbor from Riverhouse Pizza, he brought over pizza and he's going to deliver it, and he has agreed to also throw on his donation, so we're going to feed the entire Howard County Fire Department," Kopec said.

With the success of this party, Kopec is looking for more ways to bring people together while practicing social distancing.

"I think we're going to shoot for dedicating Wednesday night to the class of 2020, and I think our big plan down the road here is to do a virtual prom, and with all these cool videos, we'll see if we can get the kids to dress up and post," Kopec said.

Kopec plans to host another virtual party at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He'll post an invitation on his Facebook page.