Nearly-canceled Zumbathon turns out to be a success

“It was wonderful.” Those words from Jennifer Christensen, Development Associate at the Child and Family Support Center after her organization took over the Zumba-thon planned Friday at the American West Heritage Center.

The event was originally planned to benefit the children of a Logan mother who fraudulently claimed her children were seriously ill and needed the money. When organizers learned of the mother’s arrest, the event was temporarily cancelled. It was then that Deolinda Marshall, who originally organized the Zumba-thon, reached out to the American West Heritage Center to still host the event and to the Child and Family Support Center to help shepherd the funds to legitimate causes.

Marshall said that too many people had already prepared and pledged to support the fundraiser to have it cancelled.

Christensen said it was the greatest of evenings.

“What was cool about the evening was the feeling of community that was there,” Christensen said. “There were well over 100 ladies there dancing, doing this Zumba. I am not a Zumba girl. I am too inhibited! My body does not move like that but I even tried to dance and had fun.

“It was awesome to see the cultural partnership. Deolinda is a leader in the Hispanic community. There were a lot of Hispanic ladies there but also a lot of Caucasian women there.”

Christensen said the money raised at the Zumba-thon will go to Project Nico, benefiting a six-year-old boy battling a tumor behind his eye who has an amazing story and is extremely well deserving.

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