By: Dale King Contributing Writer
When the Pap Corps decided to schedule its “Footloose & Cancer Free” event to raise money for cancer research, it turned to the owners of the Delray Ballroom, Kris and Amanda Whitney, to coach the amateur dance couples who’ll participate.
The competition, scheduled for March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, will feature couples from 14 different Pap Corps chapters who will perform live, and will also be featured in online videos so friends, family and cancer-fighters globally can log on and cast their votes with pledges of money to the Corps.
The “Footloose and Cancer Free” event in Coconut Creek will feature hors d’oeuvres, a carving station, signature drinks and a dance-off to crown both the best dance couple and the biggest fundraisers. Tickets are $75.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity for people everywhere to support ground-breaking cancer research though a dazzling celebration of dance,” said Beverly Berkowitz, vice president of the Pap Corps and chair of “Footloose & Cancer Free.”
Voting for the dancers is open to anyone who wants to support cancer research, with a minimum donation of $5 per vote. Log onto www.thepapscorps.org/footloose-and-cancer-free/ and vote by clicking on the picture of the couple you want to support. Online balloting ends March 9.
During the weeks before the event, the dance hopefuls have been taking lessons at the Delray Ballroom on Atlantic Avenue to perfect routines to accompany their favorite songs. All the couples will also be featured in a group dance led by the ballroom’s owners.
Pap Corps chapters participating include Addison Reserve, Bellaggio, Boca Friends, Boca Pointe, Boca Woods, Gleneagles, The Polo Club, Valencia Palms, Valencia Pointe, Valencia Reserve, Valencia Shores, Villaggio, Villaggio Reserve and Wycliffe.
“We are so grateful to our dance couples who have volunteered to participate in this event,” said Linda Moses, Pap Corps president. “We look forward to sharing their stories and dance routines on our website, and seeing them perform live.”
Deriving its name from Dr. George Papanicolaou, the Pap Corps honors the pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection who introduced the world to the ’Pap Smear’ screening test for uterine cancer.
Over the decades, the Corps has grown from a small group of organizers into an organization of more than 20,000 men and women in 50-plus chapters.
The Pap Corps supports the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Since its founding in 1952, the group has donated $110 million, including a historic $50 million pledge in 2016.