We’ve been doing a lot of reflecting this year as we celebrate our 10th year. It’s amazing to look back on where we started and see how far we have come. The danceability story is a great example of how much of a difference you can make in a community if you keep working hard at your passion. Miss Robin & Miss Christine had a dream and a goal, and they have worked hard to ensure that their dream continues to “dance out” for many more years to come.
Along the way, we have had so much support from our community, who we consider a part of our danceability family. We are thankful for you each day, but seeing as how Thanksgiving is tomorrow, we wanted to take some time to thank many individuals, foundations, companies and volunteers for helping danceability along the way.
When we say thank you, we have to start by thanking Health Force. Their amazing financial support has helped ensure our first ten years were a success.
We have been lucky to receive grant funding from The Children’s Guild, The Kelly for Kids Foundation, Ingram Micro, Tegna, Give for Greatness, The Community Foundation and more!
Many companies and organizations have supported us by hosting fundraisers and dress down days including the Daemen College Student Physical Therapy Association, the Women Lawyer’s of Western New York, Hodgson Russ LLP, J’s White Elephant, Mangia Restaurant, Freed Maxick CPA’s, Fred Astaire Buffalo, Embrace the Difference, and many more!
We’ve received so much support through the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County donor designation program and SEFA campaigns. In the past few years, we’ve also utilized Crowdrise and received many donations through their site.
When we have hosted fundraisers, we have been fortunate to receive sponsorship support from various companies including ECC, Insty Prints, Employee Resources, Rembrandt Charms, Program Savvy and many more. We’ve sold out fundraisers and have welcomed so many guests to our events who have all supported our program. So many have stepped up to the plate and donated through our Annual Appeal and made recurring donations throughout the year.
Every dollar raised we take seriously – and make sure we are putting donor dollars to use to make sure our dancers are receiving the best programming available.
In addition to so many donating to danceability, we have had hundreds donate their time through volunteering. We are fortunate to have over 90 current volunteers working with our dancers in the classroom. We say it every chance we get, but our volunteers are the backbone of danceability. We can’t be who we are without their countless hours of support. We’d like to especially mention two volunteers – KasieLynn Schultz and Christine DeCaro, who have been with us for all ten years. In addition to our classroom volunteers, we’d like to thank our Board of Directors both current and previous who have given their time and talents to guiding danceability on a path of growth. There are many others who volunteer, whether it be helping at our fundraisers, sewing costumes for our performances or helping out in the office, and each of you have made a lasting impact on our organization.
At one point Miss Robin & Miss Christine taught all the classes. As we have continued to grow, we have been fortunate to hire the best teachers to help out. This year, fittingly, we have ten teachers who all bring so much positivity to their classes. We are so thankful for you! We’ve hired office staff along the way and we can’t do it without Beth Gianturco and our newest hire, Miss Beth Hess who help make sure our office runs smooth!
Last and certainly not least, we thank our dancers and their families. What can we say? You guys are the best! We do this for you and we can’t thank you enough for your energy, your smiles and your passion for danceability.
There are hundreds of names we could list individually. So many faces that walk in and out of our studio each year who have made a difference for a dancer. We are so thankful. So very thankful for your support today and every other day!
We wish everyone in our danceability family a very special and happy Thanksgiving. We will be thinking about you around our table this year and we look forward to continuing to serve our dancers for another decade (and beyond!)
Help us say “Cheers to 10 Years” this holiday season with a donation to our Annual Appeal campaign.
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