NEWPORT CITY â€“ A dozen or so individuals, mostly women and children, raised money for the Tough Mother Wounded Warrior Project onÂ Saturday by doing Zumba Dancing, a Latin dance-inspired fitness program, at the U.S. Army National Guard Armory.
The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and funds to help severely injured service men and women. Money raised helps veterans from any conflict in any state.
â€śItâ€™s the number one workout sweeping the nation,â€ť said Zumba Instructor Mary Hoadley. â€śThe whole thing is ditch the gym, join the party. Itâ€™s all about having fun. Itâ€™s for all age groups and different ability levels. You can burn 500 to 1,000 calories in one hour.â€ťÂ
The Tough Mother Team, which is from Benâ€™s Bootcamp from Lyndonville and Derby, will also compete in a 10-mile obstacle course at Mt. Snow May 6. Their goal is to raise $6,000.
â€śTheyâ€™ve been training for months,â€ť said Hoadley. â€śKind of like the Relay for Life and other projects; they raise a lot of money. Thatâ€™s the whole goal for the Wounded Warrior Project.â€ť
Saturdayâ€™s Zumba Dance was one of many ways the women have been raising money. The event included opportunities to climb the Army National Guardâ€™s climbing wall at the armory and a silent auction.
Participants can raise money up until the May 6th Mt. Snow event. The women have been rigorously training for weeks to do something they have never done and they will compete even if they donâ€™t reach their goal.
â€śWe want toÂ show these soldiers that we want to spend one day of our life in the mud, rooting for them and supporting them,â€ť said volunteer and Boot Camp Member Ami English. She said about 12,000 to 15,000 people are expected at the two-day Wounded Warrior Competition.
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