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Maui Ohana Fundraiser THIS Thursday!

September 5, 2023

September 5, 2023

Dear Friends,

Help us raise money for 40 specific indigenous Hawaiian families who lost their homes in the Maui fire!

Join Catherine Granville, Kathy Brown, and Shel Saxon this Thursday, September 7th for a Stop Drop and Dance fundraiser from 9:30am-10:45am at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin (240 Channing Way in San Rafael)! Wear your Hawaiian-themed clothing such as leis, flower print clothing, or pink for the island of Maui.

Their birthday wish is to raise money for 40 specific indigenous families that have a deep connection to the Lahaina community.

Many of these families are native speakers and lived with 3-4 generations all on the same piece of land and have lost everything. It is so important that these families are not forced off the island!

Catherine has a friend on Maui who is involved with supporting these families and has provided us with direct Venmo links for each of these 40 families.

All of the money raised will be divided among these 40 families and directly sent to them as a small token of love and support from our Power With Grace community.

Please consider donating in multiples of $40 - thank you for your generosity and compassion!

Your donation will allow you to come in-person to UUMarin or you can join onZoom virtually (find link in the bottom of your Eventbrite confirmation email)

.Even if you cannot make class, your donation is much appreciated!  Everyone who donates will receive a link to an on-demand recording to dance at home for the week after!

 Thank you for your generosity and compassion!

Click on image below to dance and donate with us!

Saint Isabella School Danceathon
(Round 2!)

Last year in June, we did a Stop Drop and Dance end-of-the-year school danceathon for Saint Isabella Schooland raised over $15,000!

This new school year, the parent council decided to have the danceathon in the beginning of the year so we went last Friday to lead a K-8 dance class for the entire school!

Pledges are still coming in until September 15th but we know we have passed $9000 already!

Thank you to Veronica Keller who organized the event, and all of Saint Isabella School staff, teachers, parents and students for inviting us to be part of this community event again and dancing together for real change!

A special thank you also goes out to our regular members Lisa Butcher and Debby Strenkofsky for making a special trip to lead dances in the warm sunshine in front of all the students!

Reach out if you would like to host a Stop Drop and Dance event or fundraiser!

Click on image below to watch a one minute video of highlights from our Saint Isabella School danceathon!

We have a Scholarship Award named in our honor!

This past March, we partnered with Jessica Kissane and her daughter, Cassidy, to support Ruby's Rainbow for the 4th year in a row and raise money to help someone with Down syndrome achieve their dreams of higher education.

Thanks to all of your generosity and support, we raised enough money to award a "2023 Ruby's Rainbow Cassidy and Stop Drop and Dance Scholarship Award" for Sarah Orlinsky!

This fall, she is very excited to begin her freshman year in the IDEAL program at Lipscomb University, where she plans to study marketing and floral design. After college, she plans to live with friends and design floral arrangements.

Sarah is proud of the four years she spent on her high school swim team. She was also active in Unified Sports and Best Buddies. Her hobbies include swimming, painting, singing, dancing, and going out for smoothies with her friends.

We believe in you Sarah! 
We can't wait to see you rock it in college!

Deadline to sign up for our next retreat to Belize is September 15th!

If you:

  • have been to our Stop Drop and Dance class before
  • desire to build relationships with a wonderful community of women
  • have a go-with-the-flow positive attitude
  • enjoy a routine of exercising and moving your body
  • love new adventures and exploring new places

Join us January 21st - 28th, 2023 for an all-inclusive women's dance retreat to Belize!

Click on image below to find out more information and sign up for Belize!

"I was thinkin' if I
cheated on my fears,
broke up with my doubts,
got engaged to my faith,
I can marry my dreams."


Just a reminder from Queen Bey, who performed at Levi's Stadium this past Wednesday, to focus on your #1 relationship: yourself!  What a mesmerizing performer and diva she truly is on stage, and what an inspiration to see her fulfill her dreams!  And thank you to the random stranger sitting next to us who took the awesome photo below!

Have a wonderful week and remember to take care of yourself, friends!


PS - For all my Saturday in-person dancers, please please please remember to drive super slowly (15mph) before and after class on Thorndale Drive when you pass the retirement community!  We have gotten a handful of complaints. Thank you so much!