MADISON — The Rainbow Project will host its eighth annual Rhumba 4 Rainbow Benefit on Friday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.-midnight at the Varsity Hall of Union South, located on the UW-Madison campus at 1308 Dayton Street.
The public is invited to attend and celebrate the work of the Rainbow Project with Latin music, dancing and food, community awards and a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds from the benefit will support the Rainbow Project’s continued work in Dane County providing direct early intervention and prevention services for children and their families/caregivers who have experienced trauma, including child sexual abuse, child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic or community violence.
A special treat for the evening will be a “Dancing with the Celebrities” salsa dance challenge between Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, Dane County District Attorney Ishmael Ozanne, WISC-TV Anchor Charlotte Deleste, WKOW -TV Anchor John Beard, and WMTV Anchor Leigh Mills,
Other highlights at Rhumba 4 Rainbow include music by Madison’s favorite 11-piece Latin band Grupo Candela, performances by World Salsa Congress professional dancers, competition for prizes in the Annual Madison Salsa Championship, dance lessons, a silent auction, a raffle and celebrity guests who will serve as judges and presenters. A brief award ceremony will also take place honoring individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the lives of families and young children at the Rainbow Project and in the community.
Since opening their doors in 1980, the Rainbow Project has helped 7,421 children and 6,453 adults. In Dane County last year, 5,940 children were reported to have been abused or neglected.
For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.rhumba4rainbow.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 608-255-7356 ext. 310. Advance tickets for Rhumba 4 Rainbow are $35 for general admission and $70 and $100 for premium tickets which include party favors and premier seating. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Sept. 21st for $40, $75, and $100.