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The Country Dance-a-Thon is a two-stepping and line dancing marathon taking place Saturday, August 18 at Jane Warner Plaza in the heart of San Francisco's Castro district. Participants will dance for three hours to support two nonprofit organizations:
• PRCis the agency formed by the merger of Positive Resource Center, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Baker Places. PRC works to address the wellness needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance use issues.
The AIDS Emergency Fund provides emergency financial aid to those with AIDS or disabling HIV who have been economically devastated by these diseases. Serving the greater Bay Area since 1982, the AIDS Emergency Fund provides direct assistance towards the cost of basic living needs such as food, shelter, utilities and medication.
Positive Resource Center offers comprehensive benefits counseling (benefits advocacy and direct legal representation) and employment services (providing vocational rehabilitation and job search services) to people with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities.
Baker Places provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues, including crisis and transitional residential programs as well as permanent housing programs.
• The Sundance Association provides country-western dance instruction and events and raises thousands of dollars annually for other charity organizations. Part of the funds will be earmarked for the performance group, the Sundance Bandits.
All donations are 100% tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.
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Intermediate and Advanced West Coast Swing with Michelle Kinkaid
Michelle Kinkaid will teach two one hour West Coast Swing workshops in the Red Room at Sundance Saloon on Sunday, June 17:
Intermediate WCS: 5:15-6:15 pm. Assumes comfort with basic moves including left side pass, underarm pass, push break, starter step, and 8-count whip.
Advanced WCS: 6:15-7:15 pm. Requires comfort with more complex moves such as rolls, tucks, and basic whip variations
Advance registration is required. Each workshop is limited to 16 (8 leaders and 8 followers). The cost for each workshop is $10. Note that this is in addition to the regular admission charge each week at Sundance Saloon.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds: if you are unable to afford the extra charge, please let us know.
To sponsor a participant, select the name from the Participant List. You will be taken to the participant's personal fundraising page, where you can make a secure on-line donation.
If you prefer to pay by check, make checks payable to "The Sundance Association." Please indicate the name of the participant you are sponsoring, and include your own contact information (postal and e-mail address) for receipt purposes. You can mail or give the check to a participant, or you can send it to:
The Sundance Association
ATTN: Country Dance-A-Thon
2261 Market Street, PMB 225
San Francisco, CA 94114
Your donation is 100% tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.
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About The Country Dance-A-Thon
The Country Dance-a-Thon began in 2007 as a joint project of the Sundance Association and the Bare Chest Calendar. Now in its eighth year, the Country Dance-a-Thon has raised thousands of dollars for the beneficiaries of the Bare Chest Calendar: AIDS Emergency Fund and Positive Resource Center.
The Country Dance-a-Thon is a grass-roots all-volunteer project with low overhead expenses. We anticipate our administrative expenses to remain close to 7% again this year, allowing for unavoidable credit card and web hosting fees. This means that 93% of money raised through this event goes directly to the designated nonprofit organizations which are each in turn known for their low administrative expenses.
The Sundance Association is an all-volunteer community-based nonprofit organization providing country-western dance instruction and events in San Francisco for the LGBT community since 1998. Over past 20 years the Sundance Association has raised over $400,000 for other nonprofit organizations.
The Bare Chest Calendar has been raising funds since 1985, supporting the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Positive Resource Center, now merged into one organization, PRC. The men of the Bare Chest Calendar work hard during their reign, and many go on to leadership positions in the community.