Tatyana Frost, Co-Producer of Holiday Charity Ball
I have always dreamed to host a Charity Ball but didn’t know where to start. One of The Way 2 Dance students, George Berridge, proposed to hold one of our showcases as a charity event and donate proceeds to the well-known charity, Toys for Tots.
It was so exciting to start working on this project, especially because there was an absolutely perfect place for that – unique and spacious venue – The Regent! We didn’t have sponsors yet or any idea how we were going to do it, but signed contract with The Regent and only had two months to prepare for the event. It certainly was a large undertaking.
One of my students, Bob Savage, heard we needed sponsors, and volunteered himself (and his company) as the first sponsor, but also offered to help any way he could. We went through the preparations little by little, day by day, sometimes even taking a big chunk of time away from running our businesses.
We spent hours and hours calling people and driving to different locations asking for donations. In spite of the bad economic times, people were willing to open their hearts with generosity. I am still in awe at the outpouring of support we received.
By the time the 2nd year event was complete, our donations increased by 45% in boxes of toys and monetary donation.
So many from the community also pitched in to volunteer – assistance that is invaluable to our cause and to whom I am forever grateful. This year will be better than ever. We can’t wait to have you join us!
Bob Savage, Co-Producer of Holiday Charity Ball
I remember in October of 2012, I went to take my dance lesson with Tatyana. She mentioned that she would like to do a charity ball for Toys for Tots and needed sponsors. I immediately said that I would be a sponsor a!nd help in any way I could. I had no idea of what I was getting into when I said that.
We worked hard, we became best friends, we made fun out of something that turned out to bea tremendous amount of work. We had a contest on who could raise the most for the charity. Every morning one of would text the other “let the contest begin” and we would sta!rt. Then the ! night of the ball, WOW!
With the help of our volunteers we did it! So many people attende!d the event, boxes and boxes of toys were donated. Everyone had fun and they all were giving back. Neither one of us knew it until the next !day, but we both found a quiet spot at!the ball to give thanks for the abili- ty to give back.
That’s why we keep having the next charity ball. For some reason I decided to take dance lessons and met Tatyana, she had this idea about a char- ity ball and invited me on board, I thought enough of her that I wanted her to succeed, and together we found strengths we never knew had and we were able to give back more than we ever dreamed of.
Coincidence or a miracle?