Dance Does It: World Games Austria

$16,684 of $25k goal

Raised by 282 people in 6 months
MaryBeth Rainey Castell  WILLOUGHBY, OH

We are members of Dance Does It, a unified team of dancers, the majority with special needs/Down Syndrome. We are honored and excited to be invited to perform in Austria at the World Dance Contest being held as part of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games! HOWEVER, because dance is not yet an official sport (it is a demonstration competition currently) WE MUST PAY ALL OUR EXPENSES & RAISE FUNDS ON OUR OWN. We cannot yet channel through Special Olympics even though we are going to champion for all of the dancers world-wide who hold faith and hope it will soon be an officially recognized sport! The good news is Dance Does It IS a 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax-deductible!

We are  very proud to represent NE Ohio and the USA at the World Games under the guidance of certified LaBlast instructor and founder of Dance Does It, Mary Beth Castell. We are practicing regularly, bonding as a team  and love all the things that dance does for us. However, our concern is the very high price tag for the trip! 

Our expenses include airfare and lodging costs prior to the trip and we'll need additional funds for meals, costumes, and other costs related to a 9 day trip for our large team. Not only do we compete in the Dance Contest but we perform during the week in Olympic villages and will also take part in a LaBlast dance number as part of the Closing Ceremonies. To learn more check out our website: www.DanceDoesIt.org 

It would mean the world to us if you could help this dream become a reality by donating to our team. Every dollar will be highly appreciated and they do add up. Perhaps you can donate in honor of someone you know who is also Special Needs... We are most grateful and we hope to serve as role models and help change perceptions about intellectual disability.  As your gifts inspire us, we will keep inspiring others! Thank you very much for your generosity.  We will post updates so please check back.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

 

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Update 3
Posted by MaryBeth Castell
2 months ago
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Dance Does It: World Games Austria has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to TOM & LEAH, Sherry and Carrie.
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Update 2
Posted by MaryBeth Castell
5 months ago
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Thank you to everyone for your support and helping us get the word out. You can learn all about us on our website: www.DanceDoesIt.org
Team members are practicing often, seeking donations, writing thank you notes, making invitations for our Olympic Gala, and so much more. I'm so very proud to be their coach!
Team bonding: Potluck, movie & dancing!
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Update 1
Posted by MaryBeth Castell
5 months ago
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Please help us push over $2,000! We had 6 donations come in today and we are so very thankful for everyone supporting us. It would be cool to go over $2,000. Who can help us get there and ultimately to Austria?!?!
Thanking you in advance! xo
More excited with every donation! TY!
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$16,684 of $25k goal

Raised by 282 people in 6 months
Created October 15, 2016
MaryBeth Rainey Castell  
KW
$50
Ken Watson
1 month ago

Hey Sheryl Kintop. Good luck and have a great time inAustria. Ken & Debbie Watson

MI
$25
Mark and Angel Iacofano
1 month ago

Supporting Michael Sukalac - best of luck to all of you!

LP
$50
Laurie Phillips
1 month ago

In support of my BD Buddy, Michael Sukalac and the entire Dance Does It team.

$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
SI
$20
Scott Ivancic
1 month ago
JD
$40
John DISTLER
1 month ago
MM
$40
Michael and Christine Mihalick
1 month ago
$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
TO
$20
Tom O'Malley
1 month ago

Good Running

KK
$20
Kelsey Kempert
1 month ago
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