Second annual fundraiser for WLHS dance team set for August 16

The members of West Linn High School’s dance team are once again swapping their dance flats for running shoes as they prepare for another Dash With the Debs fundraiser. The Debutantes will hold the second annual 5K fun run/walk at Sunset Park August 16, and registration is now open.

Photo Credit: TIDINGS FILE PHOTOS - Close to 100 runners turned out for the first annual Dash With the Debs in 2013. The 5K fun run/walk will be held this year at Sunset Park.Pre-registration is encouraged and costs $25 for adults or $40 for a team of two, $15 for ages 11 to 18 and $10 for ages 10 and under. The race fee includes a T-shirt, a family-friendly barbeque lunch with face-painting and live music by Andromeda Sun. Walk-up registration is welcome the day of the event, starting at 9 a.m., but T-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed unless you preregister.

Photo Credit: TIDINGS FILE PHOTO - The WLHS dance team is putting on a fun run thats meant to be a family event, appropriate for people of all ages who want to support the high school dance team.“It definitely is a family event,” said Tonia Zito, one of the event’s coordinators. “The girls are along the way, cheering you on, all the dance team.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Debs in various ways during their 2014-15 competition season.

“This year, West Linn became a Nike school, so we have to get new uniforms,” Zito said. “We have competitions throughout the year. We’re at events 12, 14 hours a day, so we feed the girls. When we go to state, we spend the weekend down there, so we have hotels, meals for two or three days, costumes and makeup.”

Photo Credit: TIDINGS FILE PHOTO - Members of the Debutantes dance team will again cheer runners and walkers on during the Dash With the Debs Aug. 16.The Debs are a show team, and each time the team competes they bring along their own set.

“Some of those can get pretty elaborate,” Zito said. “Those are quite expensive, and then transporting them to and from shows. We have to rent a truck each time. That’s a really big expense.”

The run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 16, with the barbeque starting at 11 a.m. Register online for the Dash With the Debs:

By Kate Hoots
Education reporter
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