Dance A Palooza Gets Down for First Responders

Loudoun’s biggest dance party for charity shook the roof at Tally Ho on Saturday—and raised an estimated $10,000 for the Loudoun First Responders Foundation.

Event co-founder David Harbour said he was looking for a way to have a positive impact on the community, but wasn’t interested in a typical fundraiser. He said he was inspired to create Dance A Palooza by the success of Leesburg’s annual Jingle Jam holiday concert, which has raised $110,000 to combat juvenile diabetes over the past decade.

Last spring, the first Dance A Palooza raised close to $8,000 to support the work of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter.

“We said hey, we like this momentum, let’s do it again,” Harbour said. And he is already planning on more: “We are definitely doing it in the spring,” Harbour said, with new themes each time.

Dj Kurtiz kept the crowd dancing with dance music from the ’70s through today, interspersed with raffle prizes from event sponsors. A precise fundraising tally is still coming, but the evening wrapped up with the presentation of a $10,000 ceremonial check to Loudoun First Responders Foundation members and its President and CEO Ed Williams.

“I’m always wanting to do it even bigger and better… but the idea is to raise money and have a great event that people enjoy,” Harbour said.

The Loudoun First Responders Foundation is a nonprofit providing financial support active Loudoun County fire-rescue and law enforcement personnel recovering from injuries, illness and conditions in the line of duty, or the loss of active duty approved under the county’s Family Medical Leave Act or bereavement policy.

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