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Zumba Party to Benefit Relay for Life

Dance to a Latin beat and help a good cause Friday at Plainview Middle School

Friday night in Plainview offers a unique opportunity to exercise to a Latin beat and help out a worthy cause, all in one place.

A  Zumba (fitness) Dance class is being offered Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. as a Relay For Life fundraiser. The event, hosted by Zumba instructor Samantha DuBoff Witt, takes place at the gym for the second consecutive year.

Beside the fitness class there will be raffles and door prizes.  The fundraiser is open to all who would like to support the cause.  The cost is $10 which is payable at the door and raffles are $5 for 10 raffle tickets. 

The class will be led by Witt, a graduate of who is donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Plainview-Old Bethpage Relay for Life. Witt is a professional dancer and certified Zumba instructor who teaches at various studios in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Her mother, Cindy DuBoff, is a foreign language teacher at POB Middle School and is the Relay For Life Team Captain for the POB Middle Relay team. More than 80 people attended last year's event and raised more than $1,000, organizers said.

Zumba is a way to party yourself into shape. The exciting, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired exercise program is sweeping Long Island. Zumba blends international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and dance steps.

Program organizers say more than 12 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations and 125 countries.

The Relay for Life is a volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. The Relay events are usually held on campus tracks and are designed to raise money for cancer research. Relay For Life events have raised over $3 billion to date, officials say.

Plainview's Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday June 11.

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