Howling for Hooters zumba event to raise money for breast cancer awareness

By Allen Worrell Editor

October 18, 2013

In an effort to fight breast cancer, the Zumba class at Carroll Wellness Center is Howling for Hooters.

That’s the name of the event the class will hold Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at CWC. As part of a “Party in Pink” costume party, the typical one-hour Zumba class that day will be a by-donation class with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“We want to see your scariest, funniest, most original, and silliest costumes. But they must have some Pink in them. We are supporting the Susan G. Komen drive with our flare on Party in Pink,” a flyer for the event states. “We will be taking donations that will go straight to the organization to help eliminate breast cancer in our Hooters. Let’s boogie.”

The idea is the brainchild of Gretchen Lawson, who helps instruct the Zumba class at CWC along with Kerry Crowley. Since the event is so late in the month, Crowley said they decided to make it a costume event just in time for Halloween. Costumes are not mandatory, but are encouraged.

“We will be having our class that night in our costumes. You can dress up, and if you are a member the class is free. If you are a non-member you have to pay the Wellness Center’s daily fee, but we are taking donations, and any donation we receive goes straight to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research,” Crowley said. “We will give away prizes for the best costume. We are just trying to get as much awareness as we can raised for this cause.”

Zumba classes are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the wellness center, as well as a basic Zumba class Saturday mornings. Crowley said Zumba does a great job of promoting breast cancer awareness and urges instructors to come up with their own way to donate and give back. Lawson and Crowley hope the Howling for Hooters event will help raise money and awareness for breast cancer while also increasing local interest in Zumba.

“We are trying to do several things. Number one, we are trying to find ways to promote awareness. Number two, we are trying to promote the Carroll Wellness Center, and number three, we are trying to get more people in the doors to see the benefits of not just Zumba, but everything the Wellness Center offers,” Crowley said. “It helps that our Zumba classes are probably the most popular classes. We call it joining the party versus working out because it is really fast, upbeat music, a lot of popular music on today’s radio. It’s not your grandma’s workout, not your Richard Simmons’ workout.”

The class is open to males and females alike. Because Monday nights are so busy, the class does ask that only folks ages 15 and older participate on Mondays.

“We would really like to pack out the gym that particular Monday night,” Crowley said.

CWC’s non-member fee is $8 per day, but Crowley said those interested in participating in a class can contact her or Lawson for a pass to try out the class and see the benefits of the Carroll Wellness Center. For more information about the event, call Gretchen Lawson at (336) 648-7888.