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Belly Dancers For Charity was founded  in February 2010 after the Haitian earthquake.  Then known as Belly Dancers For Haiti, we raised money for the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, in a show called "SHAKE FOR THE QUAKE."  It received media attention from the local newspapers and TV news.
 
Why stop with just one show? 
 
Later that year, we did a fundraiser for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, which is a disease that  I was diagnosed with over seven years ago.  The event, "BREATHE" was written up in our local papers, and I was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the PFF.
 
In April 2011,  "SOUNDS FOR THE HOUNDS" was our most successful show to date, for the New Rochelle Humane Society. More than 40 dancers performed to a sold out crowd of over 120 people.

Our hard-working dancers and volunteers come from various professional backgrounds, including education, trained medical /mental health professionals and members of the corporate  community. 

Our events are very family oriented, and we encourage members of all ages to attend our shows.  They have been attended by several political figures, including NYS Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.  Our many  supporters include members of the political, creative, medical and religious communities.

Many local businesses, service organizations, and creative individuals have been extremely generous with their donations of items to be raffled off at our fundraisers.
 
We are honored to have some of the area's best belly dancers perform at our events, and they contribute so much to the success of our fundraisers, as do some of the best volunteers I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

What started out as a good idea has developed into a passion which allows us to combine the ancient art of belly dance with the opportunity to give support  and exposure to some wonderful organizations. Please continue to check the website and our facebook page, BELLY DANCERS FOR CHARITY, for updated information. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Leslie Howard
Founder/Organizer
leslie@BD4C.org

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