High Voltage Dance Academy
The High Voltage Dance Academy competitive team, based in Tuolumne County, presented a $5,000 check to representatives of Adventist Health Sonora on Nov. 8. The dancers, ages 5–16, also met Maverick, the resident cancer patient support dog at the Diana J. White Cancer Institute.

Members of High Voltage Dance Academy’s competitive dance team presented a $5,000 check to Adventist Health Sonora’s Diana J. White Cancer Institute on Nov. 8 in support of the hospital’s Cancer Patient Support Fund.

The dancers, who range in age from 5 to 16, raised the money by washing more than 200 cars in 2020 and 2021, Adventist Health Sonora spokeswoman Jaquelyn Lugg said in a news release.

The release said the car washes were an opportunity for 13-year-old dance veteran and Summerville High School sophomore, Jazmine Neri, to have fun bonding with her teammates, while also serving a bigger cause.

“Doing these fundraisers is a good way to help new dancers feel like they’re part of the team,” Neri said in the release. “We also want to make an impact on our community. If anyone needs a helping hand, we’re going to be there for them.”

Every dollar donated by the dance team will go directly to local cancer patients through the Cancer Patient Support Fund, which helps cover unexpected expenses not covered by insurance including transportation, groceries, utilities bills, rent and medication copayments, the release said.

“Without the ability to hold fundraising events the last two years, we are more appreciative than ever for this donation,” Andee Houser, Adventist Health Sonora director of philanthropy,  said in the release. “The generosity of these young ladies means that cancer patients right here in our community will be able to focus on getting well instead of the financial toll of their diagnosis.”

Studio owner Denicka Vaca is passionate about fostering a culture of service and community among her dancers, according to the release.

“The car washes and presenting this check today are a way of teaching our kids about what giving back means,” Vaca said. “We are so grateful to everyone who attended our car washes or stopped by and shared their stories so our girls can understand the difference they’re making.”

Aside from their philanthropic efforts, the High Voltage Dance Academy team routinely participates in hip hop, jazz and lyrical dance competitions in the Bay Area and will perform in this year’s Christmas Parade in downtown Sonora, the release said.

To learn more about the Cancer Patient Support Fund and other ways to support local patients in need, please visit AdventistHealthSonora.org/Giving or call (209) 536-5029.

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