Angels shake a feather in Marion Square 

Wings for Kids holds fundraising dance-a-thon

An angel in white dances on the corner at Calhoun and King streets, her wings in constant motion. Passers-by are distracted at first, but some soon begin dancing along for a good cause.

Wings for Kids is a 13-year-old nonprofit that teaches at-risk kids social and emotional skills in after-school programs. A tough year for fundraising left Wings $120,000 short of its budget, so CEO and founder Ginny Deerin decided to find support by dancing for the cause.

"Failure is not an option," Deerin said a few hours into the marathon on Thursday.

She started dancing at 7 a.m. on June 3 and reached her goal just a little after 9 p.m. Friday night. She's welcomed people and pets to join in, as well as supporters online, who are offering up their own dancing skills in videos.

Donors got involved with a direct donation, challenging someone to dance for a donation, or by dancing in the chalk circle on the downtown corner for a $20 donation.

"Get out there, dance your buns off and get what you need to get done," Deerin said.

On Thursday, a former Wings' kid, Kimberly Bowman, spoke as the valedictorian of her graduating class at Burke High School, living proof that this organization can make a difference in someone's life.

"We are down here on the corner trying to make sure more kids can get wings and fly high in life," Deerin said at the time.

For more information, visit wingsforkids.org


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