The Country Dance-a-Thon is an annual two-stepping and line dancing marathon. In 2017 the Dance-A-Thon took place Saturday, August 19 at Jane Warner Plaza in the heart of San Francisco's Castro district. Participants danced for three hours and raised over $8,000 to support three nonprofit organizations:
• The AIDS Emergency Fund provides emergency financial assistance to people facing the challenges of living with debilitating HIV and AIDS.
• The Positive Resource Center offers free and confidential disability benefits counseling and employment services for people living with HIV/AIDS and mental health disabilities.
• The Sundance Association provides country-western dance instruction and events and raises thousands of dollars annually for other charity organizations. Part of the funds were earmarked for the performance group, the Sundance Bandits.
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About The Country Dance-A-Thon
The Country Dance-a-Thon began in 2007 as a joint project of the Sundance Association and the Bare Chest Calendar. Now in its eighth year, the Country Dance-a-Thon has raised thousands of dollars for the beneficiaries of the Bare Chest Calendar: AIDS Emergency Fund and Positive Resource Center.
The Country Dance-a-Thon is a grass-roots all-volunteer project with low overhead expenses. Administrative costs were held to about 3% this year, so 97% of money raised through this event went directly to the designated nonprofit organizations which are each in turn known for their low administrative expenses.
The Sundance Association is an all-volunteer community-based nonprofit organization providing country-western dance instruction and events in San Francisco for the LGBT community since 1998. Over the years the Sundance Association has raised over $390,000 for other nonprofit organizations.
The Bare Chest Calendar has been raising funds since 1985, supporting the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Positive Resource Center. The men of the Bare Chest Calendar work hard during their reign as Bare Chest Calendar men, and many go on to leadership positions in the community.
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