✨The most magnificent experience I ever had, where instead of making a wish, I prayed… and as soon as we continued our hike down the mountain, a rainbow appeared in the middle of the sacred valley. Coincidence? Maybe… but for me, it was a response and a sign from above. 🌈

Have you ever experience something similar?  Comment below and share your story!  I would love to hear it ☺️

 

Wow, what an amazing month! What can I say but except that I am surrounded by wonderful friends, colleagues and an even more amazing Zumba community that helped raise money to give to Hogar San Pedro, an organization located in Chosica, Peru who are dedicated in helping children and adults of all ages with special needs and who have been abandoned by their caretakers.  All the residents and staff members were so happy and thankful for the good works we all participated in.

First and foremost, the event was a big success!  Special thanks to Kathy Fontaine who opened up her studio for us to dance in and burn up a sweat.  All the instructors (Alisa, Sandra, Janina, Gabriela, Aryan, Javier and Tamara) did an amazing job and showcased all their different styles and genres that kept the party going for 2 hours.  I seriously could not have done it without this team.  And a very special thanks to all the participants who donated and made my birthday celebration an event to remember.

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Now for Hogar San Pedro.  Located in Chosica, Peru which turned out to be a 2.5 hour drive from Lima, Peru.  My cousin Tito (who is more like my brother) and his wife, Susana, along with my niece, Xiomara, and 6 month old nephew, Luigi, drove us in the heat and traffic to our final destination.  Once we arrived, we were greeted by the staff members who have dedicated over 30 years of their lives in helping and taking care of its residents.

After a delicious lunch (Spaghetti & Meat Sauce along with Papa a la Huancaina, a Peruvian staple), the staff introduced us to all the residents.  I honestly thought I would be crying the whole time, but every face I met smiled no matter what condition they suffered.  I realized my husband and I were there to make them smile, to love them and give them hugs.  With hardly no family to visit them, the fact that visitors from the United States came to visit was exciting and something for them to look forward to.  They all have a special place in my heart now and think about all of them since my return home.

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Thank you again to all who made this long-time dream of mine happen.  I do plan on continuing to hold events and raise money for this organization and hopefully visit again.  With about 20 adults and 9 children, this organization will need help to continue providing for the rest of their lives.  Let’s see what the future has in store ❤️

Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in this charity event for Peru.  We featured and danced to some classic Peruvian songs while bringing awareness of the Peruvian culture.

The money we raised will be donated to Americares Relief Fund for Peru who have been providing medical care, shelter and food for the displaced Peruvians cause by the Peru Floods of 2017.  A million thanks to you all!

Here are some pics from the event!

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You’re invited to BAILETON ZUMBATHON® Charity Event for Peru happening Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  This is a 90 min Zumba® Charity Event dedicated to raising money for the displaced Peruvians who have lost their homes due to the devastating floods & mudslides that has killed many and destroyed thousands of homes.

100% Donations only event meaning you pay what you want to donate to Peru.

If you can’t attend but would still like to donate, please do so! Proceeds will be donated to Americares Relief Fund for Peru providing them medical care, food & clothing.

Get you ticket here>>> https://baileton-zumbathon-for-peru.eventbrite.com/

Donations will also be accepted at the door… SEE YOU THERE!!!

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