Participants at last year's event.

Hopkins Zumbathon expands its reach

Kayla Deneau, Staff Writer

The third annual No One Fights Alone Zumbathon and Silent Auction will expand its reach and split the proceeds among three causes.

The event typically raises scholarship funds given to graduating seniors in Kaelee Noble’s name, said organizer and Hopkins Elementary teacher Heather Fuss.

Noble passed away from brain cancer just over a year ago while in fifth grade at Hopkins Elementary and the event is in her memory.

“We want to keep Kaelee’s name alive in the community,” Fuss said.

She said this year there are two Hopkins High School teachers who are dealing with cancer in their families.

Tara Winchester’s husband is battling a rare form of cancer and the outlook is currently very grim, said Fuss.

Jason Babiak, whose wife teaches for Wayland Public Schools, has a four-year-old son fighting leukemia.

“We are raising funds to help all three of these situations,” said Fuss.

She said the event has raised more than $10,000 in the past, but she does not have a set goal in mind.

“($10,000) would be nice, but there have been other events for the teachers in the community,” said Fuss. “We are just trying to raise whatever we can for the families.”

The Zumbathon takes place in the Hopkins High School gym Saturday, March 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Fuss said approximately 15 Zumba instructors will be in attendance leading 15- to 20-minute sessions for participants to observe or dance along with.

Cost for the Zumbathon is $20 for adults and $10 for students and attendees pay at the door to the gym.

The silent auction will be set up in the hallways throughout the school. There is no cost to attend the auction.

Fuss said the auction currently includes a brand new, in-the-box American Girl Doll, a juicer, homemade items, several gift certificates and them­ed baskets including a chocolate lovers basket, a rainy day basket and more.

During the event the cafeteria will hold a kids’ area with a bounce house, face painting, games and coloring activities.

Fuss said everything but the bounce house will be free, and selling bounce house tickets is to prevent a madhouse.

Light concessions will be available including water, pop, popcorn and candy.

Any donations for the silent auction from businesses or individuals would be gladly accepted, said Fuss. They can be dropped off in the Hopkins Elementary School office.

To discuss donation, contact Fuss at or (269) 806-4824.


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