Fundraisers fill hospice, pregnancy center's coffers (PHOTOS)

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Participants take off from the finish line during Saturday's Crestview Pregnancy Center 5K Run/Walk at Old Spanish Trail Park.

Jennifer Tapia / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 01:21 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Two weekend fundraisers' event organizers have expressed appreciation for the community's support.

Dance for Life

The local Covenant Hospice is still tallying proceeds following Fred Astaire Dance Studio's weekend "Dance for Life" benefit. But what is certain is that money raised Saturday will help fund multiple services for terminally ill patients, according to Jenni Perkins, Covenant's senior development and communications manager.

"All of the funds go back into Okaloosa and Walton counties," Perkins said. Covenant will use the money to care for patients and their family members, including those under-insured, and to fund chaplain services.

Between 200 and 250 people attended the show at Crestview High School that featured celebrity dancers Justin Guilmette and Kimalee Piedad, among others, Perkins said. Fred Astaire raffled off five dance lessons during the event.

"The people of (Covenant) Hospice caught our attention with the amount of work they do," said David Colón, who owns the dance studio with his wife, Erika Moreno. "It felt natural for us to support them."

Crestview Pregnancy Center 5K/10K Run

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