This past weekend brought a series of fun-filled fundraising events for me. First I went north to Saint Albans for a Zumbathon to raise funds for a student scholarship for a high schooler looking to enter the field of education and teaching. The scholarship was created in memory of a local school teacher who was shot a few years ago. Her family was all there, strutting their Zumba pride throughout the morning and finally to a Zorba number. The event raised over $2600 for the scholarship.
My Aunt Lee joined me there, her first experience with Zumba, and she seemed to have a ball! It was great to see someone fall in love as I had with the music and the people there.
The next day there was a series of dragon boat races happening out on Lake Champlain where funds were going to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp for children diagnosed with cancer. A couple of friends from a local Zumba fitness class were paddlers in a Dragonboat and had done some serious fundraising to be there. I went with a band of students and our instructor, Allison, where we did a 15 minute demo for the athletes, their friends and family.
I love being able to give back to the community through this group – for all that Zumba has opened up for me. It’s a chance to share the joy, passion and support I feel each time I go to class or get to help out with a song.