Heading into the last stretch before their Charity Dance Concert on June 21
, performers with Stage Door Dance Academy in Oak Forest, Illinois, have raised $6,000 so far for CNCF and are hoping to reach $20,000 by the final bow.
None of the dancers, ages 8 to 18, has experience with neuroblastoma. But Kari Murphy, mom of 16-year-old dancer Meghan Murphy, was familiar with CNCF through a friend and presented the idea of dedicating the troupe's annual Charity Dance Concert to the cause. The 58 girls and two boys were immediately sold on donating proceeds to CNCF from the concert’s admission, auctions and raffles, as well as from bake sales and Coins4Kids, which has been in progress at the dance studio where 350 students take classes.
They are all so excited to use their talents in ways to make a difference in the lives of other children,” performance company director Kate Scarpetti said. Having an event to raise funds for a foundation like CNCF makes it even more meaningful because we know the money will go directly to research, education and awareness to help find a cure.
Tickets are still available ($12 each). Call 708- 687-7418 or www.stagedoordanceonline.com