The company dancers of Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts in Wilmette hosted a bake sale on April 23 and raised $922, all to benefit the people of Ukraine.
Donations are headed to Ukraine TrustChain, an organization that through peer-vetted volunteer networks brings aid to Ukrainians and helps evacuate war zones of civilians.
“There is such a large Ukrainian population in Chicago, how could we not help?” Owner of SNAP Pamela Sue Fox said. “After all, it is my mission at SNAP to not only produce great dancers, but to produce great humans.”
Fox commitment to her mission was clear with the annual spring bake sale, which also happens to be the dancers busiest competition season.
Dancers, who choose the charity for the bake sale, and their families are responsible for baking, marketing, decorating and so much more, ensuring the event is a success. On the day of the sale, dancers take turns in between rehearsing to staff the booth, selling goods and sharing their mission with their customers.
Isabelle Green of Wilmette, supported her daughter, Georgia, a fifth-grade student at Highcrest Middle School, at the sale.
The pair baked snickerdoodles prior to the event, eager to promote a good cause.
“It is important that our children get involved in charitable work and learn about their role to support the less fortunate in our community and around the world,” Green said. “In addition to raising money, our young dancers have gained a lot from their experience leading up to the event such as planning, preparing and teamwork. Today they learned how to talk to their customers and work together for a unified goal.”
For more information on SNAP dance studio, 414 Linden Ave., visit their website.
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