Dancing for dogs, Zumbathon raises money for the Animal Rescue League of Berks County

News photo by Emily Thiel Jocelyn Wert, 6, and Ella Porter, 7, come out for the Zumbathon for the Animal Rescue League at the Exeter Fieldhouse.

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 were 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 cant 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.

Its 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. Ive 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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Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at ethiel@berksmontnews.com or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.