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Move your paws: Zumba party to benefit Lowndes Humane Society

 

Getting ready for a Sept. 27 zumba party at Mississippi University for Women to help the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society are, from left, zumba instructor Brandy Yurasek, MUW Campus Recreation wellness coordinator Marion McEwen, Humane Society Executive Director Karen Johnwick, and zumba instructor Gia Aravjo.

Getting ready for a Sept. 27 zumba party at Mississippi University for Women to help the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society are, from left, zumba instructor Brandy Yurasek, MUW Campus Recreation wellness coordinator Marion McEwen, Humane Society Executive Director Karen Johnwick, and zumba instructor Gia Aravjo. Photo by: Kelly Tippett

 

Jan Swoope

 

On Monday, Sept. 27, the air in Pohl Gymnasium on the Mississippi University for Women campus will pulsate with intense Latin rhythms. The entertaining event on tap is a two-hour zumba party to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. 

 

MUW Campus Recreation, The Fitness Factor and Kudoz join forces to host this dance fitness fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. The goal is to move the animal shelter closer to breaking ground on a new and desperately-needed facility. 

 

Five zumba instructors who teach at MUW are donating their time so that 100 percent of all monies received can go directly to the CLHS. Tickets to participate are $5 in advance at the Fitness Factor, 515 18th Ave. N. Get them, too, at the Humane Society at 13 Airline Road or at their recently-opened adoption center at 408 Main St. (the former WAG location). Tickets at the door will be $7. Children 12-17 are welcome to take part, with accompanying direct adult supervision. 

 

Marion McEwen, MUW Campus Recreation wellness coordinator, said, "It''s important for people to participate in this event to support the Humane Society and to build community spirit. ... Zumba is fun, a great workout, and anyone can do it." 

 

CLHS director Karen Johnwick praised McEwen and organizers for coming up with the idea and running with it. "We are so appreciative of what MUW and these sponsors are doing to help. We''re trying to pick up the pace on raising funds. We''ve been actively seeking money for the new shelter for the past two and a half years, but money is coming in very slowly." 

 

McEwen urged shelter supporters to come out Sept. 27, purchase a ticket, and enjoy socializing, even if they choose not to take part in the zumba. "Anyone who buys a ticket can enjoy refreshments and be eligible for door prizes," she noted. 

 

Johnwick stressed that every dollar makes a difference in reaching the building fund goal. "We hope people will consider making a monthly donation, or a one time donation today." The director also noted that sections of the proposed shelter are available for sponsorship, and can be named in honor or memory of a loved one. All donations are tax deductible. 

 

For more information about the zumba party, contact McEwen at 662-241-7494, or e-mail mmcewen@muw.edu. Or contact Johnwick at 662-329-1094.

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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