Zumba dancers raise money to fight cancer

Move, jump, dance!: About 100 people got sweaty during a zumba class to raise money for ovarian cancer awareness at the Aviator Sports and Events Center on May 6.
Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

It’s dancing for a cause!

More than 100 Zumba enthusiasts shook it out and got low during a “Zumba For Life” fund-raising event to raise money to fight the silent killer, ovarian cancer, at the Aviator Sports and Events Center on May 6. And all their hard work and sweat paid off — they raised a whopping $2,000 — but the best part of the day was feeling the support from everyone in the room, said one breast cancer survivor.

“You have these events that you meet people who are going through the same thing you’re going through,” said Theresa Butera, who lives in Gravesend. “I think that the purpose of it is it brings awareness to people. Just dancing and knowing that every survivor is doing this for not only yourself, but for people who can’t do it, or have lost their lives.”

Organizer Joe Gillette — known by most as “Zumba Daddy” — was thrilled to see everyone breaking a sweat, and was pretty satisfied with his own effort, he said.

“We had a lot of fun, had a nice turn out. The people love it, they love to come with a lot of enthusiasm,” said Gillette. “I did one very heavily intensive routine, like a champion, and then I did the cool down. I’m feeling pretty good three days later — not too sore.”

Gillette said he’s already getting in shape for next month’s mother of all fund-raising events for the American Cancer Society — the Relay for Life walk at MCU Park in Coney Island on June 10.

Relay for Life at MCU Park (1904 Surf Ave. in Coney Island) June 10 at 6 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: