Dance fundraiser to help with bills for injured team

Published 12:30 am Saturday, March 29, 2014


Zumba fans will have a chance to dance with instructors from across the state for a good cause today.

Members of Triumph Baptist Church and 15 Zumba instructors will host a benefit aimed at defraying the medical costs for the eight victims of a March 1 wreck on Interstate 20 near Bolton.

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Theresa Delgado, one of the organizers of the Zumbathon, said there is no admission fee. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.

“We’re just encouraging anyone to donate whatever they can,” she said.

In addition to the ongoing Zumba activities, Delgado said the event will have family friendly activities as well.

“We will have a cakewalk available and a concession stand. We’re going hand in hand with different individuals groups that are coming alongside to raise money too,” she said. “There will be someone here to do face painting and balloon animals, so we’re encouraging families to come out and support the young ladies.”

Vicksburg High School sophomore Danielle Peoples died March 11 as a result of her injuries from the wreck. Seven others were injured about 3:15 p.m. near eastbound I-20 and North Norrell Road in Clinton.

A Mercury Mountaineer in which Peoples and seven others were passengers overturned and five were ejected. The accident is believe to have been caused by a tire blowout.

Inside the vehicle were Kathryn Nelson, 32, who drove the vehicle, Kaylah Steadman, 13, Cameron Cooper and Kayla McLeod, both 16, Sheryl Mounger, Mary Katherine Archer, 10, and LaRubyan Bailey, 14.

They were members of Radical Praise dance team, affiliated with I Can Fly Ministries, and were returning home from a praise conference in Jackson.
A bank account was also established at BancorpSouth to help defray medical expenses for those injured in the wreck. For more information, call 601-218-7169.

If you go

The Zoombathon fundraiser and silent auction will begin at 9 a.m. at Triumph Church, 136 Honeysuckle Lane.