Modern dance group will perform May 28 at Harbor to raise funds for abused children

ROCKWALL – A contemporary dance group, comprised of professional dancers and choreographers from across North Texas, will perform live at sunset May 28 at The Harbor Amphitheater to raise funds for abused women and children staying at the Genesis Center in Kaufman County.

Organized and hosted by Care United Medical Center of Rockwall and Forney, the hour-long “Hope At The Harbor” modern dance event will be curated by Satellite Dance, a collective group of artists from varied disciplines dedicated to the creation and performance of original dance works. Guest choreographers will include: CholoRock Dance Theatre, Anna Womack, and Ashley Craddock.

The event is free but donations will be asked for to cover the cost of the event. 100 percent of the remaining proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Genesis Center, which provides safety, shelter, counseling services, parenting classes, job placement and more for victims of domestic violence, alcohol, drug abuse and homelessness.

A special reserved seat section will be available for those who make a minimum donation of $25 each.

This will be the first of many events to be performed by “Dance For Hope Charities” to raise funds for victims of abuse across North Texas, according to the founders, Care United operations director Candy Bigham and Satellite Dance founder Mary Lynn Babcock, a dance instructor at the University of North Texas.

Dance for Hope Charities was founded for the sole purpose of providing fund-raising assistance to organizations that make a difference in the lives of abused women and children, said Bigham.

“Our organization is committed to raising awareness of domestic abuse in our communities. We do this by partnering with various non-profit entities whose goals align with our mission, vision, and values. Dance For Hope assists every organization we choose to align with by hosting professional dance events. All funds collected for these events are donated entirely to the non-profit organization for which the concert is held.”

“The members of Dance For Hope Charities” strive to give back to the community by celebrating the beauty of art through dance,” said Babcock. “The live concert is expected to last a full hour but come out early to enjoy the gorgeous weather, exhilarating dance, and intimate setting with Lake Ray Hubbard as the backdrop.”

Bigham said the goal of the event is to raise the monthly operating cost of $30,000 at the Genesis Center.

“Since the concert is free of charge, we are asking for donations to cover the cost of the event and the remaining proceeds will be going to the Genesis Center. Our goal is to collect at least the monthly operating cost of $30,000 via sponsorships by local business and organizations. as well as private donations from residents in the community. This won’t happen without your help.”

“The Center relies on generous support from the community to continue its operations. Currently, the Center has provided shelter to approximately 1,000 women and nearly 700 children.”

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By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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