Want to raise money to help kids improve their writing skills and get your groove on? Well, this is the benefit for you — Greenwood-based 826 Seattle celebrates its fifth anniversary on June 10 with Dance Your Cash Off, a five-hour dance marathon at Nectar in Fremont.
Longtime Wallingfordian and 826 Seattle Executive Director Teri Hein came up with the idea based on her fond recollections of 1980s 24-hour dance marathons called Give Peace a Dance. Her staff, whom she calls “an extremely fun-loving group,” boogied off to help make it happen.
Hein urges prospective dancers to form teams; hers is called the ICanTinaTurners (say it aloud). Each team needs to raise $150 per person to be eligible for prizes that the celebrity judges will award over the course of the night. Prizes include a two-week retreat to Wenatchee, a gift certificate to Olivar restaurant, and haircuts at Wallingford’s own Spin’s Barber Shop.
A team can be just one person, but of course a dance marathon is more fun with more people. And a note to the dance-averse: You don’t even have to dance at this dance marathon (find more fascinating tidbits in the benefit FAQ). Hein urges teams to register so they’ll get fundraising tips before the big event.
If you just want to go to the event, support your dancing friends and hear some great music, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.