Columbia Mall tragedy: Zumbathon for Peace and Strength

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March 3, 2014 by ukdesperatehousewifeusa

‘There’s nothing like a great Zumba party to help each other deal with tragedy and heal.

Zumba at the Columbia Association in memory of the mall victims

Tracy collaborated with Megan Cooperman from the Columbia Association to bring together nearly 200 people who gathered to dance and remember on the evening of Friday, February 28.

Participants generously gave donations and purchased raffle tickets, the proceeds for which went to the Brianna Benlolo Foundation and Tyler Johnson Foundations. An amazing amount of $1866 was made on the night.

Megan Cooperman said: ‘Thank you to everyone who helped make the event happen. I am so proud to live and work in Columbia.

I Zumba!

I Zumba!

With everyone encouraged to wear black and white, and green – the color of peace – the room looked vibrant, reflective and complete. It was a show of inspiration and strength. The event was fun-filled, and yet there was no doubt why everyone was there, and a short meditation at the end filled the room with a more subdued air, as everyone gathered their thoughts and remembered.
Dancing with compassion and unity

Dancing with compassion and unity

I’ve been to a lot of Zumbathons, but this one was for an event still so raw and close to home. It was a wonderful sight to see so many folks coming together for one cause, with an overwhelming sense that, in such tragic circumstances, our passion for dancing is one way to release, remember and rejuvenate.

We danced for Brianna and for Tyler last night, and we danced for love and hope, and for peace and understanding.

And that, if anyone ever asks, is why we Zumba.

Here are the videos from the event:

 

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