What a fabulous idea!
(from the press release)
Tucson, Ariz —The public is encouraged to take part in 2nd Annual Dance Walk Tucson, to benefit the Community Food Bank at 10am on Saturday, November 30th at La Encantada (NW corner Campbell/Skyline). The Dance Walk Fitness craze was created by former Tucsonan and KVOA reporter Ben Colonomos, more popularly known to the national NBC viewing public as Ben Aaron.
Aaron is currently the ever entertaining host of NY WNBC’s “New York Live” segment airing weekdays on the east coast at 12:30pm. Known for his free flowing humorous commentary and antics, his inspiration for Dance Walking started in New York when he first spotted the man he called the Dance Walk Guru Master http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib3Duz_6a9M (Preview) in NY last year. With over 20 million hits, assorted facebook pages all over the country, and more, Dance Walk gatherings have taken on a life of their own.
In 2012, after discovering a facebook page named Dance Walk Tucson, Ben’s mother Janis Salerno, contacted Lynne Jenrow, a Tucsonan who after seeing the segment on youtube.com, started the page before she knew he had any connection to Tucson. When Lynne found out that Ben would be in Tucson over the Thanksgiving holiday, she quickly arranged the first Dance Walk Tucson event. The rest is about to be history. The popularity of Aaron’s new found “exercise” routine has continued to grow both on YouTube and wherever he goes.
This phenomenon, now officially has taken on a life of its own in Tucson. Participants are encouraged to bring cans/boxes of food for the Community Food Bank. Starting point will be in front of AJ’s Market on the southwest side of the mall at !0am.
While at Sprouts Market (Speedway/Swan) the other day, there were dozens and dozens of grocery-filled bags in the front of the store. According to the bubbly cashier she said the bags were $5 and the contents would be donated to the Tucson Community Food Bank for people in need during Thanksgiving. I popped for two bags. The cashier also said this particular store had collected the most donated bags in the state. Awesome! A fellow blogger Peter sprouted an ongoing program called A Can a Week and has since developed a relationship with Sprouts. Here’s how one person makes a difference in our community. Read his stellar blog.