The inflated dome of the Exeter Fieldhouse pulsed with music as over 50 men and women sported their best spandex to Zumba for adoptable animals.
Jolene Wert, Exeter, led the Zumbathon along with instructors Kris Jennings, Kristen Gumble, Gail Porter, Donna Upcapher, Megan McNicholas, Mellissa Keplinger, Jamie Wagner and Valerie Makowiec for an afternoon of dance fun on the turf April 27. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Animal Rescue League, 58 Kennel Rd., Birdsboro, as a way to fund upkeep for the animals.
“The money goes to food, veterinary care, bedding, and things that we’re lacking in donations,” Jenna Saylor, Pottstown, said. Saylor is a volunteer with the ARL.
To encourage adoptions through the ARL, Berks County native and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley and his wife, Tiffany, are donating $20 for every adoption. The goal is to not only reach, but exceed, 2,000 adoptions by Nov. 1.
“Even if you can’t adopt, we encourage you to donate $20 to match Team Billingsley,” Saylor suggested.
The event brought out a good crowd, both for the love of Zumba and to support the ARL.
“It’s for a good cause, and a lot of fun. I brought my mom from Delaware,” Elisha Murphy, Pottstown, said.
“I came to support Jolene on her five year anniversary for teaching Zumba. I’ve been taking her classes for two years,” Kaley Fayewicz, Pottstown, said.
For more information on the Animal Rescue League, visit berksarl.org.
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