BY AMANDA MOSES
Over the past few weeks, millions have suffered the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, Irma,
and Maria in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, respectively. Houses have been destroyed, trees were torn from their roots and communities are still buried under Zumbathon Hurricane Relief Fundraiser water. Considering the widespread damage, the Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) community and members of the Brooklyn Sports
Club (BSC) have united to offer their support. On Saturday, September 24th, Zumba instructor and humanitarian, Debbie Ann Schneider, hosted a Hurricane Relief Fundraiser at the BSC in the form of a Zumbathon. The concept behind this event was to create a healthy space where people can purchase a ticket to the Zumba dance party, and all funds received will go directly to the One America Appeal Hurricane Relief Fund, an organization that describes themselves as “a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living, former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.”
Although the cause was of a solemn nature, the participants kicked up their feet and shook their hips as dozens of women danced the sadness away and filled the BSC’s lower level studio with hope and prayers. Overall the event received about $800 in donations. Event coordinator, Schneider is grateful to all who showed their support since the fundraiser was put together in such short notice.
“With all the devastation that has taken place, I had an overwhelming urge to help. I called on some friends and the BSC, and we were able to work together a dance party to raise some money,” Schneider said.
BSC Director, Matthew Cofrancesco was also pleased with the outpour of support by all those who participated. “We decided to host a Zumbathon for hurricane relief at the BSC because so many of our members and staff have family and loved ones in the affected areas. We all wanted to do something to help and to show our support for what they are going through. Zumba is a fun, inclusive way to get people together, and our members and friends came out and supported the cause. All funds raised are going to the One America Appeal.”
Schneider remembers the last hurricane that swept through New York City causing serious damage to several neighborhoods, and she hopes that others remember and will follow in her footsteps to help.
All throughout the United States, people have offered their support by donating money to relief funds,
clothes, hygiene necessities, first aid, food and so much more to the hurricane victims. There are
various other relief organizations to donate to if you would like to lend a helping hand, such as the
Red Cross, Salvation Army or One America Appeal to name a few.
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Ann Schnieder and Jacqueline Vargas