Last year I trained and competed in three Triathlons for charity.

This year, I have agreed to “Dance”–yes, dance–for charity.  When I was approached to be a candidate supporting the George Snow Scholarship Fund, I was concerned to think that I would turn down a great opportunity to raise money for charity because of my fear of ballroom dancing, or dancing in general.

I have always felt uncomfortable on the dance floor, and did not want to be seen doing something that I felt uncomfortable doing. Boca Raton’s annual Ballroom Battle is one of the most popular charity events of the summer. The event is a spinoff of the show

In this “Dancing with the Stars” event, 8 community leaders (4 women and 4 men) will compete in a Ballroom dance competition on August 16, 2013 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

The competition has two parts:

  1. Dance Competition Over the last month I have been training twice week after work at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio to  first learn how to dance and then learn a choreographed Ballroom dance routine.  I guess I did not know the time factor that this would require, but now I am committed and, again, I hope that my 100+ hours of training and fundraising will be worth your tax deductible donation.  I figure if Jerry Rice, Anton Ono, Chad Ochocinco, and Emmit Smith have all been willing to do this on TV to support their charities, I can do it to support mine.
  1. Fundraising Challenge I am calling upon all of my family, friends, and colleagues to help me raise a minimum of $20,000 for the George Snow Scholarship Fund. There is no amount too small when it comes to helping students in need of assistance.  Every dollar is appreciated; I truly thank you for your support.

I am sure you know that I will give 110% toward winning both categories of this battle and raising funds for those less fortunate.  I was blessed when, after my tragic biking accident that had me paralyzed from the neck down for 45 minutes, I suddenly started to regain feeling to my limbs. During my 6 months of rehabilitation, I always said that I would give back.  Last year was my first year ever fundraising, and with your help I raised over $21,000 for cancer research. This year, I want raise more money so we can give children the opportunity to go to college–children who otherwise would have never had the means to do so. I chose to work with the George Snow Scholarship Fund because I know about the great work that they do supporting underprivileged youth and childhood cancer survivors.  All of the money raised goes directly to the fund, and last year alone, the George Snow Scholarship Fund gave out over $509,000.00 in scholarships to youth who had no chance of going to college on their own. Being an avid supporter of cancer research, I was very happy to learn that this foundation is supporting children that have survived cancer.  Last week, I met one of the recipients of the scholarship fund. Here is her story:

My name is Megan Hamerdinger. I am currently in graduate school at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work. In 2008 I was granted a scholarship from the George Snow Scholarship Fund to help me pay for my college education. I have always wanted to help others, I started out as a nursing major then quickly realized my passion was Social Work. I wanted to help families who have a child with cancer. Cancer does not just affect the child who is diagnosed, but it affects the whole family. I know this first hand because I am a childhood cancer survivor. I was diagnosed when I was 6 years old. It not only changed my life, but it changed my mom’s life dramatically. She was a single mother and although I am doing well and healthy, she has never been without a medical bill. This was the reason I could not ask my mom to help me pay for college. She has been working 2 jobs for as long as I can remember. The George Snow Scholarship Fund helped my family by easing the burden of rising tuition prices. I have since graduated with my Bachelor’s of Social Work and currently work for a local non-profit organization that provides psycho social support to families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. Recently, I was awarded the George Snow Scholarship Fund Graduate Scholarship. This is such a blessing and an honor to know that the GSSF and its donors believe in what I am doing. I hope that I will continue to make you all proud.

To contribute to my fundraising effort, please click here  then click on the donate button and fill in your information.

If you would like to join us and are interested in purchasing tickets, the cost per ticket is $225 for preferred seating. Please contact Debi Feiler at dfeiler@scholarship.org or (561) 347-6799 to reserve your seats at one of my tables that surround the dance floor.  All ticket sales will go toward my fundraising goals and are fully tax deductible.

Yvette and I realize that being charitable can be expensive, and we want to make coming to this event or donating to my fundraising effort worth your while by honoring any donor and that contributes $250 or more with an invitation to the first party at our new house the night following the competition. We promise you that both nights will be nights to remember and will make for an excellent summer weekend.

If you would like to see how my training efforts are coming along, click here to see the video. This video feed will be updated weekly for your viewing pleasure. If you would like to know more about the George Snow Scholarship Fund please go to www.scholarship.org. For those of you that want to make a weekend of it, The Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Property has agreed to extend a room rate starting at $99 per night for any friends and sponsors that are coming to support me for that weekend.  The room block is under Boca’s Ballroom Battle room block- say that fast 5 times…$99 Cloisters rooms and $129 in the Tower Jr. suites- the block is for Aug 15-18th, any combination will work.  The number to call to book rooms is 888-543-1277.

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