This season, the Totino-Grace E’gals Dance Team hosted the Catholic Jamboree. At this competition, the Catholic high schools come together to not only compete, but to raise money for a charity as well. There are still judges and scores except there is no award ceremony and 100% of the proceeds go to the charity. The host school selects a charity and the E’gals wanted to support the Ronald McDonald house. The focus of this event is for friendly competition and to raise money for a great cause.
The Catholic Jam was much more than just a competition for me. I thought about the little girls at the Ronald McDonald House who are unable to dance because of a medical condition. This motivated me to give everything I had while I was out on the dance floor and it made me push harder until the end. There are kids that are tired because they have to push just to live. If they can do that, then I can give my all in a two and a half minute dance.
That day, the Catholic teams raised over three thousand dollars at the Jam! A representative from the Ronald McDonald house spoke at the competition, along with an E’gal alumni who utilized the facility. After hearing them speak,
our team decided we wanted to do more, so we went to the Ronald McDonald house later that week and helped some of the kids make their family members Christmas gifts. After the visit, all of us kept saying how cute all of the little kids were and how much we enjoyed our time at the Ronald McDonald house. It was such a fun experience and I hope I can go back to volunteer again sometime soon.
Totino-Grace Senior Dancer