The Dancing for a Difference™ philosophy has been an ongoing effort to provide outlets for children to make a difference in other people's lives. This has resulted in over $100,000 since 2003 in donations to organizations such as Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Make-A-Wish Foundation®, The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and many more.
In 2009, the decision was made to sponsor the first Unity In Community event. To kick off the addition of fitness classes to the studio offerings, we sponsored our first ever 5K Run/1 Mile Walk under the "Unity in Community" name to promote healthy lifestyles among the children and adults in the area. We invited area schools and churches to form teams and raise pledges, allowing them to raise money to further their own children's programs. In addition, money was also donated to one of our Dancing For A Difference children's charities (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Other Unity In Community events have collected non-perishable food items for the Greater Pittsuburgh Food Bank, participation in local Relays for Life for the American Cancer Society, and fitness classes for American Heart Association and Susan G Komen for the Cure.
We will continue to sponsor Unity in Community events in the future. The common theme will be to reach out to families and friends in the South Hills to inspire and excite the youth to help others through their actions.