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A master class to learn Latin dances such as salsa, bachata and rumba, and a do-it-yourself taco bar from Tijuana Flats will set the festive scene for “Let’s Fiesta,” a fundraiser for the Hanley Foundation during the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Boca Festival Days.
All ticket sales from the event taking place at Dance Flow, 9045 La Fontana Blvd., Suite 120, in Boca Raton from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 will benefit the foundation’s mission to “prevent substance use disorders, provide treatment for those in need and advocate for supportive policies and programs.”
The fundraiser is also the foundation’s kickoff event for the Hanley Foundation Brice Makris Memorial Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Boca West Country Club, 20583 Boca West Drive. Hanley Foundation board member and Boca Raton resident John Makris and his wife Michelle are chairpersons of the inaugural event that honors their son, Brice Makris, who died in March 2020 from a fentanyl overdose.
“There are thousands of individuals suffering from substance use disorders right here in our community,” Hanley Foundation CEO Jan Cairnes said in a statement. “With the help of the Boca Chamber, Dance Flow and the Makris family, we are increasing awareness of substance use disorders in South Palm Beach County. With the proceeds of ‘Let’s Fiesta’ and the Hanley Foundation Brice Makris Memorial Picnic, we will be able to increase our prevention programming to stop substance use disorder before it begins, advocacy programs to bring awareness, and scholarship programs to provide resources for those who cannot afford the financial burden of recovery.”
“Let’s Fiesta” will include performances by Dance Flow’s professional dancers, instructors and students as well as raffles and other “special surprises,” according to organizers.
“These have been difficult times and dance has been a wonderful, healthy outlet for many people,” Aleksandr Skarlato, owner of Dance Flow, said in a statement. “At Dance Flow, we are passionate about partnering with Hanley Foundation and supporting their mission to provide substance abuse prevention and education programs for children and parents in our community, and to provide scholarships for those needing substance abuse treatment.”