The Wilmette dance studio cooks for Ukraine

Dancers from Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts in Wilmette held a bake sale on April 23 and raised $922, all to benefit the people of Ukraine.

Donations are intended for Ukraine TrustChain, an organization that, through peer-reviewed volunteer networks, brings relief to Ukrainians and helps evacuate civilians from war zones.

“There is such a large Ukrainian population in Chicago, how could we not help?” SNAP owner Pamela Sue Fox said. “After all, it’s my mission at SNAP to not just produce great dancers, but to produce great humans.”

Fox’s commitment to its mission was clear with the annual Spring Bake Sale, which also happens to be the dancers’ busiest competitive season.

The dancers, who choose the charity for the bake sale, and their families are responsible for the baking, marketing, decorating and more, ensuring the success of the event. On the day of the sale, the dancers take turns rehearsing to man the booth, sell merchandise and share their mission with their customers.

Isabelle Green of Wilmette, supported her daughter, Georgia, a fifth grader at Highcrest Middle School, in the sale.

The couple baked snickerdoodles ahead of the event, keen to promote a good cause.

“It’s important for our children to get involved in charity work and learn their role in supporting those less fortunate in our community and around the world,” Green said. “In addition to raising funds, our young dancers learned a lot from their experience before the event, such as planning, preparation and teamwork. Today they have learned to talk to their clients and work together for a common goal. »

For more information on SNAP Dance Studio, 414 Linden Ave., visit their website.

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