Residents dance to raise money for the Hope Resource Center

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The annual Dance 4 Hope fundraiser took place on August 20

WESTLOCK — Westlock and locals put on their dancing shoes and got really invested in the cause as the Dance 4 Hope fundraiser returned earlier this month after a hiatus during the pandemic.

The event, held Aug. 20 at the Rotary Spirit Center, raises funds each year for Westlock’s Hope Resource Center and helps support those affected by domestic violence.

More than a dozen attendees danced together, in person and virtually from home, under the guidance of local jazz instructor Kerri Wiegand. The event also featured hip-hop artist Parker Blades, a silent auction and prizes for top donors.

“Dance 4 Hope 2022 delivered a powerful message,” said Sylvia Yoder, executive director of the Hope Resource Center. “It was our first hybrid fundraiser – we had women fundraising, dancing and streaming, and some here in person.”

In previous years, Dance 4 Hope took place in June, presented as a street dance in downtown Westlock and raised between $12,000 and $14,000. The total amount raised for the center this year reflects “the current economic state recovering from a global pandemic,” Yoder noted, adding that “fundraising has been more than successful.”

She noted that the inspiration for the annual event and the work done by the Hope Resource Center comes from her grandmother and the words she shared.

“My grandmother who lived through depression, gave generously with her heart, her soul and what she had. She remains my inspiration for the work we do in our community,” Yoder said. my grandmother reminded us in an important way to be grateful for our health, our freedom, our choices and the value of healthy relationships… which uplift us, encourage us and give us hope when hope gets hard to come by. to find.”

Kristine Jean, TownandCountryToday.com

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