Dancers Raise Over $3,300

Ballroom Dancers Raise Over $3,300 for Detroit Youth!


Date: Date: March 28, 2011

The sparkle and grace of ballroom dance had additional beneficiaries this weekend; group homes and shelters dedicated to helping neglected children in the Detroit area.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio raised $3,380 Sunday during the Spring Showcase event held at the Centerpoint Marriot in Pontiac. With “Time Machine” music from Tom Jones to Goo Goo Dolls, Sammy Davis Jr. to Shakira, 23 Detroit amateur dancers showcased their hard work in learning ballroom and Latin dance. Over 200 people attended the event, which included a performance, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

One hundred percent of the silent auction proceeds will be donated to Lutheran Child & Family Services and Christ Child House. Funds are earmarked for “wards of the state” placed in foster homes due to abuse and neglect. These children get very basic care provided by state funding. The money raised will be used to purchase computer systems and educational toys meant to increase the development of these kids’ education and motor skills, according to Evan Mountain, Fred Astaire Studio Owner.

“These children were born into a bad situation through no fault of their own,” Mountain said. “We want to help them get a healthier start in life.”

Donated prizes included a suite for 18 people at a Tiger’s baseball game, dinner for two at Morton’s, a hotel stay at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio opened in Bloomfield Hills in 2005 and has since won national accolades in both student/professional competitions. Business is booming and this year, the studio broke all records with the most new student enrollees in 2010 out of over 140 Fred Astaire Dance Studio franchises across the country.

We think our students’ hard work – and the generosity it inspired – would make a great feature story or article. We’d be happy to coordinate interviews with students, instructors and the studio staff at your convenience. We also have some great photos and video available to you.

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