'Party In Pink' Zumba event tonight to raise money for breast cancer research
Published: October 18, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Hundreds of local residents are expected to join millions around the world and turn out to "Party In Pink" to help raise awareness and money for breast cancer treatment and research.
Three years ago, Zumba Fitness launched the Party in Pink charity campaign in the fight against breast cancer. Since then, together with Zumba instructors and fans, they have raised more than $3 million worldwide and now are taking it to the next level and working toward preventing breast cancer before it starts.
Zumba is a dance fitness program created by a Colombian dancer and choreographer that involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts along with squats and lunges.
Evelyn Pena-Felix, the event coordinator and a Zumba instructor, said the Party In Pink will take place from 6 to 8 tonight at D.C. Canegata Recreation Center, where more than six Zumba instructors will take turns leading the group in high-energy dance and exercise routines throughout the night. There will be a special session with Zumba King Onad from Puerto Rico, who also will bring the crowd alive in the name of fundraising for breast cancer.
On Sunday, the partying continues with the Party in Pink Zumbathon from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Palms at Pelican Cove, featuring lots of great music, Zumba routines and great food.
Music during both events will be provided by DJ Ricky Sounds. Participants are encouraged to wear some shade of pink to the events in keeping with the theme and to show their support for breast cancer awareness, treatment and research.
Pena-Felix said Friday's event will focus primarily on Zumba, while Sunday's event will spill out into a social event with more to do for those who are not doing Zumba.
She said the Zumba instructors are excited about the events and their ability to help such a worthy cause. Last year, the Party in Pink also was at the Palms, and half of their proceeds benefited the local Cancer Society while the other funds benefited larger breast cancer efforts, she said.
The global fundraising campaign promotes residents attending a Party in Pink Zumbathon charity event so that funds will go toward the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention.
Sweet Freedom also will have breast cancer awareness and cancer society-themed cupcakes on sale at Sunday's event. Proceeds from the cupcake sales will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Tickets for tonight's event are $10 each and $15 each for Sunday and can be purchased at Music in Motion, Villa Morales, Cinderalla's, Crucian Gold and at the D.C. Canegata Center.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.