WARREN - The eighth annual Dancing for Others benefit sponsored by D.C. Dancers will bring together 500 dancers from 14 studios to help raise funds for local children and adults battling cancer.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Packard Music Hall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with tickets for a suggested donation of $5.
Patti Finelli, assistant event coordinator with Patti Finelli School of Dance, said 14 studios are scheduled to take part in the annual fundraising event, which first started in 2001 to help raise funds for the firefighters in New York following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Participating studios are Donna Crean D.C. Dancers, Patti Finelli School of Dance, Center Stage Dance Academy, Dynamic Dance, The Dance Space, Dance Dimensions, Jeannette's School of Dance, Jill's Danceshop, Natalie's Dance Co., Artistically U Dance Studio, Jones Academy and Shining Stars Art of Dance Performing Arts.
Each studio will be given 12 minutes to perform and showcase their dancing skills.
Finelli said the dance studios have all come together for a common cause - helping those battling serious illnesses.
''From what I have seen, we can all get together as one to help those in need,'' Finelli said.
Finelli said the first year's event raised $7,000 with seven dance studios participating.
''Two years ago we had our biggest turnout. We want the public to know we are proud of what we do and want them to attend,'' Finelli said.
Donna Crean, event coordinator, has a son who was a local volunteer firefighter and gave her the inspiration to help firefighters for the first year's event.
Benefiting this year are a one-year-old boy with retinol blastoma who has lost an eye, an Austintown man battling cancer, a 20-year old woman battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia and waiting a bone marrow transplant, her mother, who is battling breast cancer, and a 15-year-old Champion boy who was diagnosed in 2005 with leukemia.
''We had such a good response the first year we decided to hold the event annually and help local people who were ill,'' Finelli said.
Finelli said the group keeps their ears open for anyone who may be seriously ill.
For more information, call 330-369-8344 or 330-539-6658.