Roberts area community parties in pink
Pink-clad people from around the Roberts area and coming from as far as Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., shook their hips in the St. Croix Central Elementary School gymnasium to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation on Oct. 6.
The event was the first-ever Party in Pink Zumbathon to be hosted in Roberts. It was put on by local Zumba instructors Michelle Calcagno and Caryl Wyley.
"It's a movement," Calcagno said. "Party in Pink is the theme of the Zumbathon charity event that they asked us Zumba instructors to host in our area."
Calcagno has been a Zumba instructor for three years and said this was the first year she has been able to host an event. Calcagno invited Zumba instructors from Prescott, to Rice Lake, to River Falls, to Minneapolis.
All of the profits from the $10 admission fee to the Party in Pink Zumbathon event will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Calcagno said Zumba instructors worldwide are putting on Party in Pink Zumbathon events to raise money for the breast cancer foundations in their areas. The goal at the events is to raise money for breast cancer research, but for Calcagno, the Zumbathon is more personal.
"I'm doing this for my friend Melinda, who passed away from breast cancer in 2007," Calcagno said. Melinda was her childhood friend,and she organized the Roberts Party in Pink Zumbathon in her friend's honor.
"I physically can't handle walking the three-day in her honor," Calcagno said. "This is my way of honoring her memory."
Calcagno said the Zumbathon raised $705 in tickets sales and donations. She said all of that money is going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
"It's pretty cool," Calcagno said. "I'm pleased beyond all expectations."
Calcagno said she plans to make the event annual, holding the Zumbathon the first weekend of October every year.