IMPERIAL – Cheval Farms was the venue the 4th annual Dancing for a Dream fundraising event Friday night where dinner was served and dance partners performed to help raise funds for six local children with cancer and their families.
The funding raised at the event will be used to offset medical bills, transportation expenses, and to aid the families in any way possible.
Darletta Willis, treasurer for the Dancing for a Dream foundation, explained how the organization partnered with Amigos de Alejandro, a local non-profit dedicated to helping children with cancer and chose six children patients in the Imperial Valley to benefit from the annual dancing event.
Willis was a performer for one of the previous events, and decided continue helping. “I was actually a dancer for this event one year, and I loved the organization so much,” she said. “I loved what they stood for and how hard they worked for the community, so I decided to continue my involvement.”
With six children to benefit from the event this year, six local business leaders were chosen to perform with each dance team representing one of the six children for the event.
The Dancing for a Dream committee reached out to the community for volunteers to perform at the annual event. This year, volunteers were Sangi Patel, Veronica Henderson, Katie Beth Luna, Luis Plancarte, Tomas Oliva, and Fernando Zavala.
Henderson, a partner at Henderson and Ranasinghe LLP, performed with her boyfriend, LeRoy Rojas, Jr. She talked about the difficulty of choosing her own music and creating a dance routine.
“We had help coming up with the routine, but it was still hard. It’s easier to watch performers on TV, but once we figured out the song, we got inspired and it all came together,” said Henderson.
After arriving, guests were encouraged to mingle and meet new people. Promptly following the social hour, dinner was served and attendees had an opportunity to learn about the six children represented at the event.
The performers lit up the dance floor with jazz, bachata, and even some swing moves. While the evening was filled with laughter, cheers, and bubbly conversation, guests also understood the purpose of the event was a serious matter and they were there to support the children and their families.
“It’s for a great cause and it’s a lot of fun,” said Henderson. “I’m glad to see all of the support for these families and I’m glad to help out.”