Zumbathon in Mukilteo to benefit Oso victims

Apr 10, 2014

Want to help the victims of the Oso mudslide, but don’t know how? Try dancing Zumba.

Zumba instructors across Washington state are holding "Dance Your Heart Out Oso" Zumbathons – and there's one set for next week in Mukilteo.

The Mukilteo Zumbathon will be held from 6-8 p.m. on April 16 at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave. 6 pm. About 25 instructors will lead a few numbers each, ranging in music styles from Latin to rock ‘n’ roll.

“The Zumba community, we raise a lot of money for a lot of different causes,” said Dollie Brown, a Zumba instructor. “We believe in being a part of the community and doing things for the community we live in.”

Other Zumbathons in Washington are scheduled to be held in Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver and Kirkland. There’s also one planned in Oregon.

“We’re trying to reach as many people as possible to raise as much money as possible, so we can give it to the victims of Oso,” Brown said.

For the Mukilteo event, the community center has waived the rental fee for the Point Elliot Room, all instructors are donating their time, and many merchants have offered gift baskets to be raffled off during the event.

If you’ve never done Zumba before, Brown said to dress for the gym and get ready to have a lot of fun.

“We’re kind of a crazy bunch,” she said. “We hoot and holler and have a good time."

All proceeds will benefit the Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington.

Suggested donation is $10. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

Don’t want to dance? Make a check out to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation and drop it off.

-Sara Bruestle

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