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Fitness event also fundraiser

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 10:25 p.m.

Offering an event that is both fun and geared toward fitness, the Regional Family YMCA of the Laurel Highlands will be hosting its second annual Zumbamania Saturday, inviting all members and non-members to the event.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the recently launched Strong Kid Champaign that will benefit low-income children in the area.

Through the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, people from the community come together to make their community stronger. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign allow the YMCA to provide membership and program assistance to kids and families who might not otherwise be able to afford to pay for YMCA services

“Our Y and all Y's never deny anybody access to a YMCA due to lack of income,” said Steve Simon, Regional Family YMCA Executive Director, adding the campaign was just launched with a goal set of raising $45,000

The Zumbamania event will take place at the facility from 9:30-11 a.m., with all three YMCA Zumba instructors taking part in the event.

“We have a new instructor on staff, Theo Russell,” said Bea Jarbeck-Burk, YMCA director of fitness. “So we will have Theo, and our other instructors Janell Klatt and Missy Troxell, who will rotate Zumba dances throughout the event.”

The event is open to all adults of any fitness level and is also appropriate for older youths.

“Kids 12 to 14 must be with a participating adult,” Jarbeck-Burk said. “Otherwise, the event is for participants 15 and older.”

The event will feature the 30 minutes of fun Zumba activities and will also offer participants refreshments and a chance to win a door prize from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

The event is based on donations, and those donating $5 will receive a Zumba wristband, those donating $10 will receive Zumba socks or a headband, those donating $20 will receive a Zumba T-shirt and those donating $50 or more will receive a YMCA Strong Kids Champaign T-shirt.

Those who participate are asked to dress comfortably, and event organizations hope to see a another good turnout for the event.

The event goal is to raise $500 for the Strong Kids Champaign.

“It's a fun event and we hope to see strong support from the community,” Jarbeck-Burk said.

For information on participation or registration, call the YMCA at 724-542-9622

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.