The Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Central New Jersey raised more than $3,600 to benefit Cancer Hope Network. The donation was the result of a multi-month fundraiser and included gifts from individuals as well as the dancer centers.
In their forty years of operation, the Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Central New Jersey has supported dozens of local and national nonprofits near and dear to the students’ hearts. This time, the fundraiser was championed internally by cancer survivors and CHN Support Volunteers Nancy and Paul Dango. The Dangos came to dance after Nancy’s bout with breast cancer as a healthy couples activity. Ten years later, with numerous competitive dance trophies and titles under the belts, they show no signs of stopping. (Read more about their story HERE.)
Owners Michelle and Emilio Garced presented the gift at the groups’ holiday party, an evening that brought together dancers from their studios in Highland Park, Manalapan and Green Brook. There was laughter, food and, of course, dancing – choreographed and spontaneous.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Bob and Ann, who have been part of the Arthur Murray Central Jersey family for nearly 30 years performed to the dulcet sounds of The Four Seasons. The room erupted in encouraging cheers as 92-year old Mary showcased her skills to the strains of “My Huckleberry Friend.” (The centers’ students are primarily adults, but have students as young as five and into their 80s and 90s. They provide a welcoming environment for people of all ages and abilities.)
“They don’t always talk about it and share like Nancy and Paul, but we know that cancer has touched many lives in this room,” Michelle Garced declared. “I know there are silent survivors here tonight. Many of you have found that dance is a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle as survivors. We’re proud to make this gift to Cancer Hope Network in honor of the work Nancy and Paul do and in support of the many people facing cancer.”
Support Volunteers Nancy and Paul Dango performed a Showcase dance of their own – and joined CHN Director of External Affairs Sarah Miretti Cassidy to accept the donation. “We’re grateful to Nancy and Paul, who have done so much to create hope people facing cancer,” Cassidy said. “We’re grateful to each of you, the Arthur Murray family, for your generosity, for your part in bringing hope to people facing cancer. Together, we will help ensure no one faces cancer on their own.”
To learn more about hosting a fundraiser for Cancer Hope Network, click HERE or contact Randibeth Gallant, rgallant(at)cancerhopenetwork.org. Click HERE to learn more about the Arthur Murray Dance Centers.