Salsa Loca fundraiser features dancing, dining

Bhakti Parikh
News Reporter

A fundraising event Tuesday evening in support of Dancing with Parkinson’s and the Humber College Scholarship Fund, was a combination of ‘Dance, Dine and Donate’ by the graduate level event management students group of Humber.

Caliente Events hosted the Salsa Loca event, featuring salsa dance lessons, live band and dance performance, at the Lula Lounge in downtown Toronto.

“A night filled with fun and dancing is a perfect evening” said Humber student Beverly Almeida.

It was “a flirty night of social dancing and fun, with all money raised going to two great charities,” said Emek Hancer, an Event Management student and part of the organizing team.

“We organized this project for our project — four groups of our class have to organize an event and it has to be a fundraising event for the charity that we choose,” said Hancer.

The money raised through tickets and other means of donations were collected for a scholarship fund for students in the Event Management program. The other half will be for Dancing with Parkinson’s, a Toronto based dance class for those living with Parkinson’s disease.

Every year, the Event Management students host events as part of their curriculum. Other fundraising opportunities were the raffle items available and the hot pepper game.

“I enjoyed (it) so much, I am not a dancer and I was afraid of how this night would be, but the instructors made me feel extremely comfortable,” said Ketki Bahadur, a Human Resources Management student at Humber.

The group gathered for the evening included Humber staff members, students and friends.

“I came with four of my close friends for this event, we started dancing from 7:30 and did not feel like leaving the dance floor until the night ended,” said Almeida.

“I was amazed to see how these students organized this event with so much efficiency, everything seemed very professional to me,” she said.

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