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ZUMBAthon to benefit Hospitality House

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Article Published: Jun. 20, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 23, 2013
ZUMBAthon to benefit Hospitality House

Featured Zumba instructor Gwen Dhing performs with one of her classes. Dhing and other instructors will participate in the June 22 ZUMBAthon to benefit the Hospitality House.
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Hospitality House Benefit to Feature Instructors from Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Wilkes
The “Totally Awesome ’80s” are back in the form of a ZUMBAthon to benefit Hospitality House.

Taking place Saturday, June 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Banner Elk Elementary School gym, this fundraiser is poised to be the biggest Zumba event to ever take place in the High Country, as it features Zumba instructors from Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Wilkes counties.

Hospitality House service coordinator and certified Zumba instructor Laura Bullock came up with the idea while brainstorming a way to combine her passions.

“I love being a part of Hospitality House and helping people get back on their feet, and I love teaching Zumba classes in Avery County,” Bullock said of the popular dance fitness program. “Throwing a rocking ’80s party for all the High Country Zumba fanatics is, like, a totally awesome way to raise funds and awareness for Hospitality House.”

In addition to the 1980s tune-filled afternoon with the High Country’s most popular ZUMBA instructors, like Gwen Dhing (Watauga), Ellen Russell (Watauga), Vanessa Benavides (Avery), Kitty Honeycutt (Ashe) and Kim Hawkins (Wilkes), there will also be “Totally Tubular” raffle prizes from sponsors Bare Essentials, Thirty-One Gifts, Little’s Health & Fitness, Makoto’s and Broyhill Wellness Center, a “Rad Outfit” contest for best ’80s workout gear and a “Take It to the Max” grand prize challenge for whoever raises the most sponsorship money.

The entry fee is $7 per person, payable at the door, and participants are encouraged to register online at

For more information on the High Country ZUMBAthon, visit or call Laura Bullock at (828) 264-1237. To learn more about Hospitality House, call Todd Carter at (828) 264-1237, ext. 107, or visit

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