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Annual Dance Party helps fight diabetes

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By Katrina Margolis
Hometown Weekly Reporter

A Kids Dance Party might just sound like an event for local kids to find something to do. However, the dance party on April 7 was a fundraiser for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. This year, the event’s third year running, the party raised $20,266 - $266 more than the goal. Held at The Village Club, the event was a hit, packed to the walls with kids of all ages and their parents. The event provided food and top-quality entertainment.

The entertainment at this year’s Dance Party included Lil Phunk Phenomenon, a dance group, The Common Tones, an a capella group from Boston College, Ava Fratus, and more. In addition to performances, there was a photo booth, face painting, and an airbrush artist. Planning for the event begins in January, and basically everything is donated, including the pizza. Most of the sponsors were local, and incredibly generous in what they were able to give.

The JDRF works every day to fight type 1 diabetes. Founded by parents, and expanded through grassroots fundraising and advocacy efforts, the JDRF now has more than 1,000 US locations and six international affiliates. They have funded more than $2 billion in research to date, thanks to events like the Dance Party.

In Needham, the event was a huge hit. Kids of a wide variety of ages had an absolute blast, taking advantage of all of the different activities the evening had to offer.

All of the money raised goes directly towards the JDRF to help continue their fight against type 1 diabetes.

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