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Snow Dancer fundraiser hit; Back to School needs

 

Snow photos by Matt O’Connell

2021 Snow dancer fundraises: As one of eight 2021 community dancers, Dre Garcia was thrilled with the turnout and take for her bartender battle to raise funds for George Snow Scholarship Fund. “We had 11 bartenders do 20-minute shifts,” Garcia said about the  event at Rocco’s Tacos. “Nearly $20,000 was raised and 100% of the proceeds for ticket sales go to Snow, so Rocco’s donated two drink tickets and the food. About 150 to 175 people came and everybody was thrilled to be out again, having a good time raising money for an amazing cause.”

Dancers always vie for the biggest fundraiser titles, male and female. This year’s Ballroom Battle returns as a one-hour show on WPTV at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

“I’m still looking for sponsorship packages and the company would be on TV,” Garcia said. “I always danced for fun, and I was thrilled to be asked and to be involved for eight years…it all came together nicely.”

All the bartenders at her fundraiser were former Snow Ballroom Battle dancers. Fran Nachlas, the 2019 top female fundraiser, said she dressed the part in the disco theme with her bartender partner Samir Changela. “We were getting tips as fast as we could in our decorated tip jar with lights,” said Nachlas, who will be a dancer analyst at this year’s televised event. She had a previous fundraiser for 2021 dancer Dr. Melyssa Hancock, in practice with her husband Dr. Nathan Nachlas.

Here’s how to donate to a dancer or become a sponsor: https://scholarship.org/ballroom-battle/

Back to School Drive needs volunteers, donations: Spirit of Giving’s Back to School PBC! to get kids in need ready for the new school year will change venues to a parking lot on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus.

“This is our first time not in the Village Academy. We needed a place for an orderly drive-through for 1,000 cars or more. We expect 4,500 children to be registered. They are issued an invitation for a time frame to come,” said Lindy Harvey, Spirit’s executive director.

The students get backpacks filled with 15 to 20 grade-appropriate items and resource bags for families with community resource information. “We will distribute shoes and socks through the agencies,” that serve these kids, she said.

Donate $25 to cover a filled backpack or volunteer for the set-up day Friday July 23 or the event on July 24: https://spiritofgivingnetwork.com/

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