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Citizen's View: Spring dance fundraiser raises $8,000 for fight against cancer

Thank you to Lake Oswego schools and Lakeridge Junior High!

The Lake Oswego Academy of Dance held its Fifth-Annual Spring Fundraiser Show on Sunday, May 31 at Lakeridge Junior High. The event was a great success, raising more than $8,000 for the Knight Cancer Institute and its Beat AML program.

We are so proud to have raised more than $33,000 for local organizations such as Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels and the American Red Cross over the years.

Every year, our dance studio presents a fundraiser show, featuring our 450 dancers — ages 4-17 — performing their award winning competition and recital routines.  This year, we donated all the money raised to a cause that was close to our heart, as one of our dancers was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia earlier in the year.

We are happy to say she is now in remission and has returned to dance classes. To honor her family’s wishes, we chose to donate to the Knight Cancer Institute’s Beat AML program, where great work is being done to conquer cancer and Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The day was filled with wonderful performances from all of our dancers and the Lakeridge Junior High choir.

There are many people to thank for making this day so successful. The Lake Oswego School District, Lake Oswego Community Schools, Lakeridge Junior High School and Principal Kurt Schultz, who generously donated their facility for the event; Lakeridge Junior High choir director Brandon Sause and choir members; our dedicated volunteers, who helped organize the day; many parents of LOAD dancers and area businesses, including Ivivva, Lucy and Nike; and our teachers and staff of the Lake Oswego Academy of Dance, who worked tirelessly all day providing key support for all our dancers.

Over the past 25 years, our Performing Company and Dance Team have performed at a variety of fundraising events.  We created this fundraising show to give all of our dancers the opportunity to get involved and make a difference.

When we began, we had no idea how much fun this would be for everyone.  Our teachers are looking forward to next year’s event. The good feeling just grows each year. Thank you again to everyone for all your support!

Becky Harris Wear is the director and Patti Cowdery is the office manager at Lake Oswego Academy of Dance. Learn more about the academy online at >www.danceoregon.com.


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