Ashland, Oregon, November 26, 2013

Ashland Dance Community

When the Ashland Dance Community in Ashland, Oregon heard about Typhoon Haiyan’s terrible effect on the Philippines, they decided to use their skills and resources to help Project HOPE send aid. The Dance Community is run solely by volunteers who organize three community dances weekly. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, one of their community dances was dedicated to a fundraiser to support Project HOPE's relief work in the Philippines.

The event featured an improvised dance piece by Dancing People Company, Ashland’s professional dance company.  There was also an eclectic mix of music played for attendees to dance to.

“My reaction to the crisis was one of great sadness and desire to help in any way I could,” said Dinah Breakell, one of the benefit's nine organizers.  “It’s always hard to know what organization to choose to donate to. Our concern was if we are going to do something, how we get as much money to the people in the Philippines as possible,” said Breakell. 

Breakell said the volunteers ultimately chose Project HOPE because of HOPE’s long-time history of applying donated money directly to the cause and HOPE’s good track record of building long-term relationships with the countries it helps. The event received a $15 - $20 donation from each participant and raised $1500 to support HOPE's work in the Philippines.

Check out the amazing video of the dance benefit!

Benefit Ecstatic Dance for Project Hope from Loren Wheeler on Vimeo.

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