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Dancers aid Santa’s Hideaway Hollow

NILES — Donna Crean, owner of DC Dancers in Warren, said she knows the importance of helping those battling serious illnesses as the dancing studio and others have helped raised funds for terminally ill children.

The DC Dancers hosted a recent fundraiser dinner and dance performance at First United Methodist Church in Niles with a portion of the more than $2,000 in proceeds covering costs for the team to travel to nationals next June in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The other portion of the proceeds will benefit Santa’s Hideaway Hollow, a non-profit organization in Middlefield dedicated to working with seriously and terminally ill children and their families to provide comfort and support throughout the final stages of the child’s illness.

Crean said many children ask to see Santa for a last Christmas as they near the end of their struggle. Santa’s Hideaway is committed to meeting that very need any time of the year.

Crean said 23 dancers will compete at nationals next summer.

Crean said they have helped many children over the years with the Dancing For Others fundraiser held the last Saturday of January with 15 to 20 dance studios from throughout the area peforming at Packard Music Hall.

She said this was the first time they donated funds for Santa’s Hideaway Hollow.

Crean, whose son, Sean died from cancer, said her son helped as a volunteer at Santa’s Hideaway Hollow.

“Everyone knew that place is very close to my heart since my son volunteered there and helped others. They built a chapel there which was blessed. Any denomination that wants to have a funeral there can,” she said.

Warren resident Larry White, one of the dancers going to nationals, said the members qualified at regional competitions for the national event.

He said while some of the dances will be individuals, there also will be group dances in various categories at the competition.

“This is helping us and also about giving back,” White said.

The dancers performed several of their routines while those attending the event had a pasta dinner.

Bill Dieterle, founder of Santa’s Hideaway Hollow, attended the fundraiser to thank the dancers for their support.

The mission of Santa’s Hideaway Hollow is to bring families together during a very difficult time in their lives.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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