Detroit, MI, January 29, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Gleaners Community Food Bank and YA Salsa are teaming up to raise funds to support Gleaners’ mission of feeding hungry people with Dance Away Hunger, a Salsa dance party and benefit. The event will take place on Saturday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. on the expansive, second-floor space of Gleaners’ Detroit Distribution Center at 2131 Beaufait on Detroit’s east side. Tickets are $30 and include authentic Cuban food and drinks. Proceeds support Gleaners’ efforts to collect and distribute emergency food assistance to children, seniors, working families and others in southeast Michigan.
Celebrating the universal sound of Cuban music and dance, the evening will feature performances from Duane Wrenn and his Energetic Soul Dance team and live music from the eight-piece Grupo Escobar, one of Detroit’s premiere Cuban salsa bands. Group lessons from YA Salsa will be provided so even the first-time salsa dancer can get in the groove. Tours of Gleaners’ expansive facility will also be offered. Vicentes Cuban Cuisine will provide authentic dishes to make the night complete and will be the location of a salsa after-party starting at 10:00 pm.
YA Salsa is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to promoting the energetic Latin dance style in metro Detroit through their events and extensive website.
“Over the last several years, we have been able help grow an extensive community of people who enjoy Salsa,” says Jamin Williams a founder of YA Salsa. “We have a thriving dance scene and we are really excited to to harness this tremendous passion for Salsa to benefit a worthy organization like Gleaners. And we are always looking for an excuse to dance!”
“Our goal is to raise $3,000 with this event,” adds George Gardiner, another YA Salsa member. “While not a lot of money, at Gleaners that’s the equivalent of 9,000 meals for people in our community at a time when they are sorely needed.”
Says Anne Weekley, director of communications for Gleaners, “It’s an easy way for people to help others while doing something they love, or perhaps they’ve always wanted to try, which is Salsa dancing. We hope experts and beginners – like me – will come out and dance for a good cause.”
Space for Dance Away Hunger is limited; advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased online at www.gcfb.org or by calling 1-866-GLEANER.
YA Salsa is a Detroit Michigan based volunteer group organizing dance events, delivering news, commentary and promoting community interaction for Salsa dancers in the Detroit Metro area. YA Salsa is unique in its focus on community building, introducing new dancers to salsa and working to help exerienced dancers continue to advance. http://www.yasalsa.com/
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan secures surplus food from farmers, grocers, food manufacturers and distributors that would otherwise go to waste. This food is distributed to more than 420 soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior centers and other agencies throughout southeast Michigan. Every dollar donated provides three meals for a hungry person. Gleaners uses 95 cents of every dollar for food or food programs, and only 5 cents for administration. www.gcfb.org.