Zumbathon to benefit Justin's Beach House

Those looking to do something active this weekend while also supporting a good cause need look no further, as Zumba instructors from Maryland and Delaware are looking to raise money for Justin’s Beach House at the First Annual Endless Summer Zumbathon Charity Event.

“We’re doing it to as a give-back to the community, as well as spotlight our newest Zumba Fitness education specialist,” said Charlotte Moore, an organizer and Zumba Fitness instructor, who is co-hosting the event with Linda Mendoza.

The Zumbathon will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door on the day of the event. Attendees may arrive beginning at 1 p.m.

The non-profit Justin W. Jennings Foundation runs Justin’s Beach House, a home in Bethany Beach designed and built to serve families with cancer, so they may have a place of respite and enjoy some fun family time.

Moore said she feels a deep connection to the non-profit and is excited to support it for the first fundraiser, noting all the proceeds from the event will go to the organization. She added they hope to support other community organizations in the future.

During Saturday’s Zumbathon, attendees will get the chance to move through the coaching of Janae Smith, Delaware’s Zumba Fitness education specialist.

“We’re very, very proud and so fortunate. She’s super-lovely and -talented. It couldn’t have gone to a better person.”

Zumba Fitness Next Rising Presenter finalist Travis Algarin and fitness instructor Tracy Cox will also be leading the group, along with many community instructors.

Moore said the fitness regime has really taken off globally, and they hope those who have never experienced Zumba will try it for the first time this weekend.

“We’re doing really well in gyms. But when it comes to fitness and health, it’s just another avenue,” she said. “It’s movement to music. We dance to world-wide songs. There’s a lot of Latin fusion. It’s easy to pick up, it’s fun, it’s great cardio. Their tagline is, ‘Exercise in disguise.’ Anybody can do it. You can have two left feet. It’s fitness; it’s not really dance. It’s perfect for any level of fitness, any level of disability.”

While people of any age level may attend the Zumbathon, Moore noted that it’s recommended for those 11 or older.

For those who cannot attend the Zumbathon but want to give Zumba a try, Moore recommended going online at Zumba.com to find a local class.

“We let the music move us.”

Moore said she herself became a Zumba Fitness instructor after realizing her health was being affected by her lifestyle choices.

“I had to move. I had to get off the couch,” she said. “I fell in love with it. You don’t even realize how happy you can become in 45 minutes to an hour, and then your day gets brighter and brighter because you’re anticipating class. And, you’re waking up happy because you have class later… Anything you do in fitness, you’re going to feel amazing and you’re going to reap the rewards with health benefits.”

For more information regarding the Zumbathon or to purchase tickets, visit www.zumba.com/en-US/event/view/1st-annual-endless-summer-zumbathon-chari.... Community members may also contact Moore via email at cemooreetc@aol.com.

By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter