As a non-profit, Dancefx has given back to the Athens and dance communities in a diverse capacity throughout its existence and is continuing to try to top its efforts each year. The following is a list of a few affiliations that Dancefx has made, and hopes to further support. If you wish to make a tax deductible donation to Dancefx, use the donate button here.
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Project Safe works to end violence against women through prevention and educational programs, crisis intervention, and support services for survivors of domestic abuse. In March of 2011 for Project Safe's annual fundraiser "Dancing with Athens Stars," Dancefx Director Allison Hayn partnered with local celebrity Ashley Epting to win both the Judges and Audience (most money raised) 1st place awards — the first time any couple has achieved both titles! This evening raised more than $90,000 for Project Safe. Dancefx instructor Grace Bagwell also participated in 2011, and Dancefx Ballroom Director Natalie Cox was guest performer. For the two previous years, Natalie has earned the Audience first place award.
THE CASA PROGRAM
CASA volunteers are everyday citizens judges appoint to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives.
CASA volunteers have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes. In 2009 and 2010, Dancefx donated the proceeds from their Holiday Youth Show "Dancing in a Winter Wonderland" totaling more than $1,500 to the Athens CASA Program. In 2011, we topped our donations by raising $1,800.
THE ATHENS AREA HOMELESS SHELTER
Originally an emergency shelter, the Athens Area Homeless Shelter now serves as a transitional shelter for homeless mothers and their dependent children, while also serving 60% of homeless individuals in the community with supportive services. Annually in February, Sweet Dreams and the Modern Pin Ups host "Spread the Love," an event that raises money for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter. Executive director of the shelter, Shea Post, comments: "How incredibly wonderful. Katie, our shelter director, had a fantastic time and said it was a lovely event. Thank you all so very much; this has a direct and positive impact on the women and children living with us."
FOOD BANK OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA
The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia is network of friends working to feed the ill, needy, seniors, and minor children in our communities. Dancefx's Ballroom Dance Company, CONTACT DANCE, hosts an annual holiday dance mixer, the Jingle Ball. Proceeds from the silent auction held at the Jingle Ball, as well as cans donated at the door go to help hungry families during holiday time via the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Dancefx donates between $300 and $500 of food and cash proceeds annually.
HOPE HAVEN of NORTHEAST GEORGIA
Hope Haven believes in the uniqueness, worth, dignity, and right to self-determination of every individual. They strive to prepare, empower, and support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the community. Since 2007, Dancefx has held classes for Hope Haven participants on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Call (706)355-3078 for more information.
AIDS Athens, Inc. serves to address the needs of individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through supportive services and to prevent the spread of the disease through education and outreach. Dancefx participated in the "Dance For Awareness" benefiting Aids Athens in February of 2011, and helped raise more than $800.
THE GIRL SCOUTS OF HISTORIC GEORGIA
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In October of 2010, The Dancefx Concert Dance Company helped out the Athens Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia chapter by giving a performance and question and answer session for a culture badge.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS DANCEFX SUPPORTS