Co-host zumbathon raises funds for Harvey relief

Hurricane Harvey impacted Texas and caused significant damage to the state. People around the United States are donating money and goods to help the affected area. On the first day of Acton Chinese Language School, three Zumba and Aerobics teachers, Ally Lee, Marilyn Li and Ginger Chen organized a Zumbathon to raise funds for Harvey victims. More than 70 participants and volunteers joined the event.

The Chinese community from the metro west area stepped up and came out to support. The big gym in junior high school was packed. Several local students volunteered to collect money donations.

As participants danced away, volunteers were providing information about the growing funds raised to benefit people affected by Harvey. It is exercising for a good cause.

Total fund raised during the three hours is $2059. To support the event, an anonymous donor provided a matching fund of up to $1600 with 1:2 employer matching. Some donors were unable to attend, but donated after. Donations totaling $341 was received later. The last donation was in the amount of $41 to push the total amount to $4,000.

All donations were given to Acton Boxborough United Way Harvey fund for the relief effort.

Three teachers, who organized the Zumbathon, would like to thank the community for their support and volunteers for their work.

The event was cosponsored by Acton Chinese Language School, Asian American Civic Engagement Alliance and Acton Boxborough United Way. The organizers would like to thank the community for their active participation in the charitable event. Zumbathon fundraiser will positively impact the image of the Chinese community, promote the spirit of giving, encourage the next generation of Chinese Americans to give back and help people who are less fortunate.