Dancing for Children United brings out hundreds from the community

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LAWTON, OK (TNN) - Over 400 people in the community were at the Apache Casino Ballroom Saturday evening for Lawton’s version of Dancing with the Stars... Dancing for Children United!

All of the money raised at the event will go towards Lawton’s first all-inclusive playground. Children United is expanding on the playground in the park at Elmer Thomas. This playground is built specifically for children with handicaps.

Seven couples danced on stage, including 7 News’ very own Monte Brown. They danced to genres ranging from Latin dances, to hip hop, freestyle, as well as theatrical, all in effort to help raise money for the new playground, and the crowd and judges enjoyed every step. The project coordinator for Children United, Amanda Nunez, said seeing Saturday night’s big crowd, despite the storms, is heartwarming.

“For this many people to still come out and support it, I mean, it really makes your heart full," said Nunez. "Just to have so many civic organizations, business leaders, city leaders, are all here supporting this cause, and that’s when you know that you’re doing the right thing and that you’re making great improvements for your community.”

Just in sponsorships, they raised over $81,000 in 10 weeks of fundraising. This year’s event was so successful that they already have dates set in 2020 and 2021 for the next dancing events at the Apache Casino Ballroom. Nunez said they are already expecting attendance numbers to jump to 500 or 600.

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