kick dance holiday giving 2015Fair Haven, NJ – Kick Dance Studios is partnering with Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation (LGEF) to help local families in need this holiday season. The dance studio will host Black Friday Shop-N-Drop Parties from 2-4 p.m. at its Fair Haven location, 611 River Road, for children ages 4-11. Kids can boogie down to Taylor Swift in a dance off, complete with costumes and prizes, or participate in a Lego build off. Each of these activities is perfect for both boys and girls. The cost is $25 per dancer and $50 per family, and all proceeds go to LGEF, a nonprofit foundation raising awareness for those in need of assistance.

 

Kick Dance also helped support LGEF with a Thanksgiving food drive, collecting much-need food items for Thanksgiving baskets to give to local families this holiday season. Dancers collected items like grocery store gift cards, canned goods, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and other Thanksgiving food for families in need.

“I'm always looking for ways to get more involved in our community so a charity that is about keeping an eye out for community members who need help us a perfect fit,” said Vanessa Berry, owner and instructor at Kick Dance Studios. “It's a charity our dancers can understand and help!”

Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation knows you don’t have to travel far to find families who are facing severe economic hardships. Each day, families have to make the gut-wrenching decision to sacrifice paying a utility bill to put food on the table or make rent. Each month, LGEF finds a local family in need and hosts a fundraising event to help that family. But they do more than donate monetarily. They volunteer time, skills and resources with the hope of spreading the spirit of giving, encouraging others to help community members in need.

“Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation is beyond grateful to be Team Kick's charity for this season,” said Tori McAndrews, Board Member of Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation. “Through this program we are able to see just how much one basket a food can mean to a local family.”

Kick Dance will also hold a MiniCracker Ballet performance December 19, at 4 p.m. in the Rumson studio, 62 Carton Street. Admission to the performance is a canned good or other food donation for the Red Bank Charity, LunchBreak.

Kick Dance Studios has a long history of giving back to the community, and prides itself in helping those in the community. From supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Monmouth Beach Elementary School, All Fur Love Animal Rescue and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, to raising $10,000 for StrongMom.org and Project Write Now, Kick Dance makes it a priority to give back to the community.

About Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation
Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by a group of neighbors in Fair Haven, NJ. Their mission is to raise awareness of those around us that are in need of assistance. Just as a lifeguard sits on his stand and actively searches for those in need, such is the purpose of LGEF. Since the inception, LGEF has organized events such as neighborhood barbecues and multi-family yard sales that have raised funds for food gift cards, overdue utility bills, excessive medical bills, and expensive life-dependent medications. To learn how you can help support local families with LFEG, visit www.lifeguardnj.org.

About Kick Dance Studios
From a child’s first dance class to their graduation performance, Kick Dance Studios is a fit for everyone. The studio specializes in beginners of all ages and offers training through pre-professional levels. Dancers go beyond technique to develop important life skills, learning to be respectful, confident and conscientious young people who share their gifts and talents with the community. Kick offers a wide variety of dance, acro, and mommy and me classes for all ages and abilities, and the goal is to provide the highest quality training while developing a love for the arts. Classes are all instructed in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere, and emphasis is placed on personal development and achieving goals. Visit www.kickdancestudios.com for more information.