Press Release: Brighton Dance Festival donates $3,000 to Cleary University
August 25, 2015
For Immediate Release:
Brighton Dance Festival Helps Promote Community Wellness with Donation to Cleary University
August 24, 2015 - Livingston County, MI – After wrapping up the sixth annual Brighton Dance Festival, the event is giving back to the community with a donation of $3,000 to Cleary University. These funds, raised through ticket sales to the BDF Concert Series, will specifically benefit the Cleary University Recreation and Wellness Center.
Cleary University also played a big role in supporting the Brighton Dance Festival this year. The university sponsored the festival performances by donating the Johnson Center space and services on August 9 and 15 to accommodate the rehearsals and shows.
“It says a lot about an organization when they are enthusiastic about supporting community events like the Brighton Dance Festival. Everyone at Cleary was so supportive of our festival this year and there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to the university,” says festival director Kathy King.
The 2015 BDF Concert Series consisted of two dance performances, held at the Johnson Center in Howell. The performances included professional dance companies from throughout Michigan, along with over 60 student performers. 100 percent of ticket sales from the two shows are being donated to support the Cleary University Recreation and Wellness Center, which will include fitness programs, a demonstration kitchen and children’s wellness areas.
“I’m happy to be able to support and inspire young dancers each year. Plus, the festival is a great chance to expose the public to performing arts, and create a sense of community through our financial support to local organizations,” says King.
Brighton Dance Festival was founded in 2010 by local dance educator Kathy King. The event includes an opening night professional dance concert, a week of intensive dance classes, and wraps up with a student showcase to present the work learned throughout the week.
BDF has always been a community focused event, raising a total of $25,000 for the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, and now $3,000 for Cleary University. The festival has also provided over $12,000 in dance scholarships through their BDF Internship Program for college students. In addition to charitable efforts, the festival provides jobs to a dozen or more local dance educators each summer. BDF hopes to continue creating opportunities to raise funds to support Livingston County arts, athletics and wellness organizations for years to come. For more information about future BDF events or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.brightondancefestival.com.