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Dance for the Philippines Saturday in Union City

All proceeds will be donated to provide relief for Philippine Typhoon victims via the Union City Friends of Sister Cities.

The Union City Friends of Sister Cities and Human Relations Commission are teaming up to host a fun-filled fundraiser this Saturday to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 

“Dance for the Philippines” will begin at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) at the Ruggieri Senior Center, located at 33997 Alvarado-Niles Rd.

The highlight of the event will be instructors from U-Jam Fitness, who will lead attendees in an athletic cardio dance workout that incorporates everything from Bollywood to hip-hop dance.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. There is only room for 175 participants, and RSVP is required.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to provide relief for Philippine Typhoon victims via the Union City Friends of Sister Cities.

For more information about the Dance for the Philippines or to RSVP for the event, visit the Facebook event page here.

Saturday’s dance is the latest in a string of Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in Union City, which has a large Filipino-American population.

Filipino Advocates for Justice is currently holding a donation drive at their Union City office, located at 3961 Horner St. The community group is accepting non-perishable food items, towels, blankets, toiletries and packing materials. For more information about the donation drive, click here.

Last weekend, Chapel of the Chimes cemetery and memorial park held a fundraiser where it raised nearly $6,000 in donations for the American Red Cross' disaster and relief efforts, according to a spokesperson. 

Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land. The storm struck on Nov. 8 and as of Tuesday morning, the death toll had reached 5,240 with 1,613 people missing and millions displaced, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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