Relay for Life team Motivators “Zumba” along with 55 participants to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The Relay for Life team “Motivators” will host a Zumbathon at the Our Lady of Victory Church at 4919 South Catherine Street, on May 10. The Zumbathon will begin at 7 p.m. and go till 8:30 p.m.
“Our team is the Motivators; our team’s goal is to encourage teams to promote healthy lifestyle, eating, stop smoking, skin care, and things like that,” said Co-Captain of the Motivators, Penny Dumas. “The theme of the relay for this year is ‘Lets Get Physical, Kicking Cancer’s Butt’ and we thought, what better way to do that than with zumba?”
The Motivators hosted an impromptu Zumbathon on April 13 and Dumas said there were almost 55 people there.
“We got the word out through Facebook and friends, we’re hoping to double that at this event,” said Dumas.
Zumbathon instructors Jessica Coupal and Carrie Trombley have volunteered to lead the fast-paced and lively salsa/hip hop inspired workout. The event will have a disco-theme with lights, disco balls and more donated by Taylor Rental.
“It’s going to be really fun. People can dance, have fun, raise money for a good cause and get healthy all at the same time,” said Dumas. “The community has been really helpful in donating time and resources to help us raise money for Relay and we really appreciate it.”
Team Motivators also call to all zumba and relay enthusiasts to “bring the purple power” by creatively donning purple to show support for Relay for Life. Prizes will be awarded to the best of show of purple power.
At the event there will also be Relay for Life raffle tickets available for a chance to win a variety of prizes such as: a $250 gift certificate to Hannaford; a 42’ LCD television; two tickets to a Boston Red Socks vs. New York Yankee game and more. Raffle tickets will be drawn after the Relay for Life event on June 14.
The Motivators are one of 97 Relay for Life teams raising money for the American Cancer Society.
The Relay for Life Plattsburgh event will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, 84 Fair Grounds Road, beginning with the survivors lap at 7 p.m. The lap will be followed by a luminaria ceremony. The ceremony takes place after dark, so people can remember people lost to cancer, honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues. A fight back ceremony, a history of the event will be discussed, along with musical performances, and activities like zumbathon will keep the Relay event going until 7 a.m. the next morning.
“If you’ve never been to a relay event it’s truly a moving event, once you go you have to go ever year,” said Dumas. “It’s a great way to show support, everyone’s lives have been touched by cancer in one way or another and the relay event is one way we can honor people who have died and encourage people who are fighting right now.”
Admission is $7 per zumba participant.