Local non-profit to host fundraiser

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Dance-a-Thon and Resource Fair

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 15

Folsom High School

Tickets: $10 online; $15 at door; 5 years and younger free

More information: 510-386-6842;


Local non-profit WeEMBRACE will host the first Dance-a-Thon and Resource Fair fundraiser in the Greater Sacramento area to help support families of children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other intellectual/developmental disabilities.

WeEMBRACE President Meena Kalyanasundaram founded the local organization to help promote inclusion and spread awareness on different disabilities. She said with this first-time event, she hopes to encourage inclusiveness and togetherness though different styles of dance, as well as cheering on their peers on the dance floor.

Kalyanasundaram said this event will include a photo booth, food stalls, handmade jewelry, a book drive, handmade arts and crafts, dancing and more. She wants the event to cultivate togetherness and bring people together to have fun, including everyone.

“At Dance-a-Thon, everyone, including families and their children with special needs, are invited,” Kalyanasundaram said. “Guests will get to dance for four hours non-stop at the Mega Dance Party. Families can look forward to being in an inclusive environment, where they and their children will not be judged.”

Kalyanasundaram said this event is special because families will be able to interact and socialize with other families experiencing the same hardships.

“Guests will also have the opportunity to talk with vendors who provide a variety of services, such as medical, academic and job opportunities for individuals with disabilities,” Kalyanasundaram said. “The resource fair also will give awareness to the general public about special needs and the support available in the community.”