Story written by Michaela Cammack, DailyFlipz Health Reporter
DAYTON, Ohio-- Last Friday, Dayton residence had the opportunity to break a sweat with jazzercise. A jazzathon took place at the Harold Schnell Elementary school in West Carrollton, Ohio. Those who participated in the event danced for two hours straight with the jazzercise instructor, Molly McGinnis who's been teaching Jazzercise for a year and a half..
“[Jazzercise] is good for your heart, and there are many health benefits,” McGinnis explained while setting up for the event. Participants were asked to donate $10 to get into the event, and all funds raised went to Good Works Farm; an organization created to put money in homes, summer camps, and day programs for the developmentally disabled.
Nancy Bernotaitis, the founder of the organization expressed how “…the goal [was] to raise $500 to go toward these programs.” Bernotaitis then went on to explain the origin of the organization.
In 2012 Bernotaitis, a devoted mother, made the decision to create a non-profit organization to serve the needs of the developmentally disabled.
Her Inspiration derived from her son who was reaching adulthood, and who needed resources to aid him in a new chapter of his life. Since then, she has helped raise enough money to open three summer camps, and would like to one day raise enough money to own land locally. Due to her sons love for equine therapy (horse therapy) and other farming activities.
The Jazzathon event last Friday has brought her closer to this goal. There will be future events similar to this one to promote health while providing more resources for the developmentally disabled.
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Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney