Fun Fall Event raises money for dance for donations

Dancing for Donations is hosting its first fall festival in Riverview on Saturday, October 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to raise funds for a new studio.

If your family is looking for a fun way to celebrate fall this month, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 23, as Dancing for Donations is hosting its first fall festival in Riverview from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to raise money for a new studio.

The event, which will take place at the Riverbend Retreat in Riverview, is open to the general public and, like the classes offered by Dancing for Donations, is friendly for children with special needs.

“We will have all kinds of fun activities for the whole family,” said Sara Battaglia, director of Dancing for Donations, who explained that in the past the organization had organized a chest or treat in the fall.

The event will feature face painting, games, bounce houses, life size chess, food (including s’mores), a spooky trail, costume contest, cake walk, raffle and a silent auction, mini golf, photo props, vendors and more.

There is no cost to enter the festival, but according to Battaglia there will be fees for some activities and food.

“The event will suit all ages,” Battaglia said. “The first couple of hours the spooky trail will be friendly for most ages and the last hour will be a bit more spooky for older kids.”

The aim of the event is to raise funds for the non-profit organization to open a larger studio early next year.

The mission of Dancing for Donations, a 501 (c) (3), is to make dance and the arts available to the community.

“We welcome children with special needs and do not separate them from their peers,” Battaglia explained. “We also have a free program for foster children. We often host events like this in the community to raise money and give back. “

Students will also have the opportunity to perform at the event.

Find out more about Dancing for Donations, located at 1076 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon and offers lessons ranging from tap and ballet to jazz and hip-hop for students ages 3 and up, visit or call 601-3009.

Follow the organization on Facebook to learn more about the Fall Festival and other local events and fundraisers. Riverbend Retreat is located at 10200 Elbow Bend Rd. In Riverview.

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