All-school dance in Basalt to assist Haiti effort |

All-school dance in Basalt to assist Haiti effort

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – High school students from Aspen to New Castle will get together at a dance in Basalt on Friday night to raise money for Haitian children.

“We are hoping to get a minimum of 500 students there,” said Tony Mendez, a Basalt High School student who is helping organize the event with Nancy Hernandez. It will cost $10 to enter so the event could raise as much as $5,000. Proceeds will be donated to the Mercy and Sharing Foundation, a 15-year-old nonprofit created by Joe and Susie Krabacher of Aspen to assist orphans and other kids in Haiti.

Seann Goodman, who teaches U.S. history and leadership at Basalt High School, said students thought up the idea for the event and have handled the planning. The student council at Basalt quickly got endorsements for the idea from the student councils at the high schools of Aspen, Roaring Fork in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Coal Ridge near New Castle.

Mendez said the high schools in the Roaring Fork Valley have collaborated on all-school dances before, but not as a benefit. An all-school dance was being discussed for this year, and Basalt students felt the timing was right for a fundraiser for the Haiti earthquake victims.

“Seeing all the news about it makes you want to help,” Mendez said.

Coal Ridge was added to the event because the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams compete in Basalt on Friday night.

The Dance for Haiti will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight at Basalt High School. All students will be required to show a school identification to enter, Goodman said. Breathalyzer tests will be administered at the door and any student who registers positive for alcohol won’t be admitted.

The high school dance is the latest in a series of fundraisers that Roaring Fork Valley residents have organized to assist Haiti.

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