Local Zumba enthusiasts recently helped do more than dance off some calories -- they helped feed the hungry. Almost 30 participants, ages 5 to 75, danced for three hours at Z4 Fitness Studio's "Join the Party to Fight Hunger" Zumbathon event July 16 on Hilton Head Island. Zumba, a dance fitness program created in Colombia during the 1990s, combines Latin and international music with dance to make exercise fun.
The event raised about $75 and collected canned goods to donate to the Sandalwood Community Food Bank's Pantry, run by the Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson. The nonprofit pantry helps families living on Hilton Head who need assistance.
"Their shelves are almost bare as there are so many people who need help right now," said Doug Moore, director of Z4's business development and marketing.
Moore and his wife, Ivette Lopez-Moore, an instructor and co-owner of the studio, have six children and can appreciate how hard it can be to feed a family.
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"We are both from working-class families and we know this is our duty, our responsibility to help our community," he said. "We want to make sure those people who are working two or three jobs have food to eat, and to ensure there is an opportunity for people out there to be fit and healthy. A fit and healthy person is a productive person."
The Moores are planning two more events: one for breast cancer survivors in August and another food drive for Bluffton Self Help in September.
BEAUFORT COUNTY MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE
The alliance meets at 9:30 a.m. today at the Grand Army Hall, 706 New Castle St., Beaufort.
Details: Minister Sylvester Ezell, 843-522-0309; Minister Carrie Allen, 843-846-8050; Minister Sam Spain, 843-524-0931
LADY'S ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
The annual concert of the United Voices of L.I.F.E. Choir, the Male Chorus and the Israelite Baptist Church Choir begins at 5 p.m. today.
Details: Dorothy Capers, 843-524-5046
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
The South Coastal group has raised scholarships to help 120 youth attend FCA camps this summer. Locally, the FCA has sent two high school football teams and one basketball team to FCA Team Camps this summer and youth and coaches to leadership camp. South Coastal FCA will host its first local camp of golf and tennis from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 8-11 at Palmetto Dunes. Boys and girls ages 12-18 are welcome. Fifty spots are available and registration is due today. Cost is $395, limited scholarships are available.
Details: Paul Cifaldi, 843-290-1890, firstname.lastname@example.org
SPOKEN WORD OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Camp Meeting 2011 is at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Friday. International ministers will speak. Kids Camp, for ages 3-12, begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday-Friday. A nursery is provided at every service. The church is at 42 Keans Neck Road, Lobeco.
Details: 843-846-4835, ext. 1
UNITY CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Marian Behnke, a retired social worker/therapist and a student of the Course in Miracles, will speak on "Of Course, It's a Miracle!" at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Behnke of Asheville, N.C., has worked in numerous areas of social work. The church meets at the Hampton Inn and Suites (next to Sun City Hilton Head), Bluffton.
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The Junior High Youth Mission Team is preparing for Words for Work Ministries, a mission in Jacksonville, Fla. This ministry works in low-income housing projects to provide vacation Bible school for children and block parties for families. Vacation Liberty School, for ages 10-15, is from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the church. Participants will experience the principles, origin, nature and benefits of liberty, from the perspective of faith, hope and charity. Admission is free. Details: Bob Harris, 843-379-2575, email@example.com
The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway.
PINE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
The 11th Appreciation Service for Pastor Sylvester Ezell is at 4 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Sam Spain of Lady's Island Baptist Church Family will speak.
Details: 843-522-9574, 843-263-2965, 843-846-4456
GREATER PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE
A special evangelism service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday featuring the founder of Temple of Praise Ministries, Dr. Godwin Ekejiuba of Nigeria. The church is at 5905 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville.
SCOTTSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
The church will conclude the celebration of its 131st church anniversary at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Leroy Haynes, pastor of Nazareth Baptist Church, will speak at noon and the Rev. Leonard Ritter, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, will speak at 2 p.m. The church is at 110 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Standing On the Side of Love summer series continues at 10 a.m. Sunday. Shane Snipes will address sustainability -- locally and for the future. As a Fulbright scholar, Snipes launched several organizations in Europe creating awareness of environmental and social issues. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Genevieve Geer will discuss "Reconciliation: A Bridge Over Differences" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The third annual school uniform drive continues through July 31, to benefit children in need in Beaufort County schools. Uniforms may be dropped off from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Sunday and July 31 and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the church weekdays. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"What is Truth?" will be discussed in the Bible lesson presented at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school also begins at 10:30 a.m. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
Communion services begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.
WALK BY FAITH MINISTRY
The ministry invites the public to visit its adoptable dogs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays at Petco in Bluffton. Walk by Faith's mission is to share the gospel and minister God's love to people and homeless dogs.
Details: www.walkbyfaithministry.com, 843-338-2219
GREATER PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE
Vacation Bible School is at 7 p.m. Monday-Friday for adults and children of all ages. The church is at 5905 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Evangelist Margaret Holmes, associate minister of Beaufort New Church of Christ, will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH
St. Peter Catholic Church will hold a Nearly New Clothing sale from noon-8 p.m. Wednesday; from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 30.
Details: Judy Daigle, 843-846-6025
WAILING WOMEN AND PRAYING PRIESTS
The Beaufort Chapter will have a "Bursting Forth into your Breakthroughs" revival at 7 p.m. Friday at the Boys & Girls Teen Center at 1211 Harrington St., Beaufort. Brittany Woods of Atlanta will speak. A freewill offering will be accepted.
Details: Minister Beatrice Washington, 843-476-0100; Adell Johnson, 843-846-2776
OLD FORT BAPTIST CHURCH
The church will offer fried chicken or fish dinners with sides and dessert from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Cost is $10. Delivery is available. Money raised benefits the annual capital fundraising campaign. The church is at 1544 Ribaut Road, Port Royal.
Details: Pam Burries, 843-263-4480; Jennifer Jenkins, 843-263-3342
SHEPHERD'S HOUSE MINISTRIES
Women of Destiny will present the Women Empowerment Weekend at 9:30 a.m. July 30. The theme is "Created and Designed to Fulfill Purpose." Speakers will be co-pastor Theresa Roberts of Love House Ministries, prophetess Dr. Tonia Brooks of Disciples of Christ Ministries of Ridgeland and senior pastor Tracy Blassingame of Power for Living Ministries of Greenville. Continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Services will be held in the sanctuary at 15 Sheldon Baptist Church Drive, Sheldon. Registration is $15.
Details: 843-252-5530, 843-812-4195