"Let's Dance" ~ Westfield State to host dance benefit for Baystate Children’s Hospital
. Left to right: Back row: Albert Fava, Marissa Cermin, Haylee McQuay, Wayne Barnaby, Andrew Manchino. Middle row – Nnedi Oranekwu, Sara Palis, Julissa Pabon, Emily Tarjick, Evelyn Dina. Front row – Mike Knapik (Executive Director, Advancement, Alumni, and University Relations) Kim Morgan (Student Ambassador Program Coordinator), Ivana McGlinchey (Ambassador President), Amy Szlachetka (Director, Campus Center).
Westfield State University Student Ambassadors will host a Zumba fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network for BayState Children’s Hospital on Monday, February 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall.
Student Ambassadors are a select group of students who work with the campus and greater Westfield community to promote the positive elements of Westfield State. Students Ambassadors are selected based on the leadership skills they exhibit both on campus and in their personal lives.
Student Ambassador Samantha Lee ’17 of Hopkinton Mass. said the group chose Baystate Children’s Hospital as the event’s beneficiary because they wanted to support a local organization.
At the event, participants will learn firsthand how their donations will impact local families. The Morris family from Southwick will attend and speak about their experience at Baystate Children’s Hospital where their seven-year-old daughter, Morgan “Momo” Morris,” was treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2011.
The Westfield State Zumba Fundraiser will be led by Zumba instructor Tara Daley. Zumba, a dance workout combing high and low intensity moves to the beat of Latin music, is practiced in 180 countries around the globe.
The event is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to wear workout clothes and sneakers. The cost is a suggested donation of $3 for students and $5 for community members. Participants do not need to sign up prior to the event. All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network for Baystate Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact Kim Morgan, Student Ambassador Program Coordinator, at (413) 572-5400.