Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

May 13, 2013

Dance fun goes to help ‘relay’

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Lace up those dance shoes for this one as an upcoming zumbathon event is meant to help take a Pauls Valley “relay” to the finish line.

It’s the team from First United Bank in PV that’s bringing the unique fundraiser on Saturday, May 18.

Proceeds from the event will go to help Garvin County’s Relay For Life effort this summer.

The Relay here in June is among the many around the country that helps raise money for cancer research through the American Cancer Society.

The idea for a zumbathon as a fundraiser is actually the idea of bank employee and Relay team member Stella Gregg.

It came about when she was checking out some possible events the bank could hold to raise money for the Relay event.

“I was looking on the website of the American Cancer Society looking for suggestions for the fundraiser,” Gregg said.

“I saw a zumbathon and thought it would be a fun way to raise money; something different that would get some attention and hopefully help us get a bigger turnout,” she said.

“The more people that show up the more we raise for Relay For Life.

“All the money we raise will go to Relay For Life. One hundred percent of the proceeds go for it.”

Instead of a more traditional bake sale or cook out type event, the bank’s team decided to go with a zumbathon, which is set from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Reynolds Recreation Center in Pauls Valley’s Wacker Park.

The zumbathon event itself will have two instructors, including one bank employee, Mayra Colmenarez.

Although Gregg has done some zumba in the past she will be among those who have never experienced an event like a zumbathon.

“I’ve never been to one so I take it they turn on the music and we zumba,” Gregg said.

Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990s.

It involves dance and aerobic elements with a variety of music types meant to keep the pace going.

The idea has certainly been a popular one as maybe 14 million people take weekly zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.

Advance tickets of $7 are available at First United Bank for the upcoming local zumbathon fundraiser. Tickets on the day of the event are $10.

Gregg adds there will be drawings for prizes throughout the dance event.

The bank is also holding another drive to help Relay For Life.

For every $10 donation made at the bank for the Relay a ticket will be given with a chance to win an iPad.

Once the drive reaches 100 tickets a drawing will be held to name the winner.

To make a donation and receive a ticket go to the bank, located at 315 West Grant.