Get set to dance up a pink fundraising story in Jaffray

Two hours of Zumba fun are in store at the second annual Party in Pink Zumbathon at the Jaffray Community Hall on Oct. 7.

Alissa Amos

Bryn Catton/The Free Press

Two hours of Zumba fun are in store for participants of the second annual Party in Pink Zumbathon at the Jaffray Community Hall on Oct. 7. The party will raise money for breast cancer awareness. Along with dancing, there will be food, prizes and a costume contest for the best pink outfit.

“October is breast cancer awareness month. Everyone, at some time in their life, has been affected by or knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. We wanted to host a Zumba fundraiser that would bring the East Kootenay together to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research,” said Alissa Amos, a licensed Zumba instructor from Jaffray to The Free Press.

“Together with instructors Josee Bergeron and Chandra Maxymyshyn from Cranbrook, we are hosting the Friday, October 7 Party in Pink Zumbathon in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.”

The Party in Pink events were first launched by Zumba in 2010.

“Party in Pink offers the opportunity for licensed Zumba instructors to raise funds and awareness to help end breast cancer by hosting a Zumbathon. Since the inception of the program, Zumba has raised more than $4.5 million through more than 1,500 Party in Pink Zumbathon events hosted around the globe each year,” said Amos. “This is our second event here in the East Kootenay and we hope to grow in numbers and donation amount. Grab as many friends possible and help spread the word about this incredibly fun fundraiser.”

This year will be similar to last year, with the addition of some local vendors who will be donating a portion of their sales to the cause. Last year, Amos believes there was around 50 tickets sold, she hopes to see more people out this year.

“Participants came from all over the East Kootenay. We hope to increase these numbers this year and every year to come. The more participants in pink we get, the greater the donation to breast cancer research and awareness,” she said. “This event is for any person over the age of 10. No prior experience is necessary – no dance background or rhythm needed. It’s about letting go, moving to the music, having fun with an amazing group of people, all in support of breast cancer research.”

“Remember to dress in pink – in recognition of breast cancer – and get your tickets to dance with us in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Please get your tickets as soon as possible so we can ensure we have enough food and space,” said Amos.

Tickets and more information on the event can be found on the events Facebook page – 2nd Annual Party in Pink Zumbathon, or by contacting Amos through Alissa.amos@gmail.com or by phone at 250-421-4428.

“Arrive at least 15 to 20 minutes prior to the event as there are waivers to be signed. Together we can make a difference. We may as well dance up a storm and have some laughs while doing it. Josee, Chandra and I would like to thank everyone in advance for their support and participation.”