The Pap Corps’ First Signature Event ‘Footloose & Cancer Free’ Raises $90,000

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Staff report

Champions for cancer research, The Pap Corps, recently held its first signature event, uniting several of the nonprofits’ chapters in an amateur dance competition.

Footloose & Cancer Free, which featured both an online and live dance component, brought in $90,000 for cancer research.

Ann and Anwar Chitayat from The Polo Club won the prize for the Best Fundraising Couple and Esther Peretz and Winston McGill from Valencia Palms won the prize for Best Dance Couple.

“We are thrilled that our first signature event was such a successful and fun night,” said Linda Moses, President of The Pap Corps.“We are very proud of all of our dance participants who worked for months to perfect their exciting routines while raising research funds to support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

Each couple had a featured video on the website, showcasing a few of their signature steps and sharing their heartfelt reasons for supporting The Pap Corps through this competition. Voting was open to everyone who wants to support cancer research with a minimum of $5 per vote. Votes came in from across the United States and from abroad.

For three months leading up to the event, the amateur couples took dance lessons from Kris and Amanda Whitney from The Delray Ballroom who helped the couples choreograph their routines and group numbers.

“We are so grateful to all the couples and the outstanding committee members who helped us create this event,” said Beverly Berkowitz, Vice President and Dance Committee Chair. “It was an inspiring evening, and we look forward to hosting more united events.”

Participating Pap Corps chapters: Addison Reserve, Bellaggio, Boca Friends, Boca Pointe, Boca Woods, Gleneagles, The Polo Club, Valencia Palms, Valencia Pointe, Valencia Reserve, Valencia Shores, Villaggio, Villaggio Reserve and Wycliffe.