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CARE Ballet Supports Red Cross fire clients

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CARE Ballet partners with West Michigan American Red Cross to provide comfort kits for children.
CARE Ballet dancers dressed in costumes

CARE Ballet dancers dressed in costumes /CARE Ballet

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Public performances of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas will begin Friday November 25 at 7pm at the East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center.  Repeat performances are offered on Saturday, November 26 at 11am or 3pm and Sunday, November 27 at 3pm. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available online at  or at the door.  Parking is free.  

CARE Ballet dancers have been collecting gently used stuffed animals for children comfort kits.

CARE Ballet dancers have been collecting gently used stuffed animals for children comfort kits. /CARE Ballet

Every year the West Michigan American Red Cross Chapter responds to over 350 home fires in its 12 county area. Teams of volunteers respond 24/7 to meet the emergency needs of families who have often lost everything. In addition to providing funds for housing, clothing and food, the Red Cross volunteers give every member of the family an individualized comfort kit with basic toiletries. This holiday season, CARE Ballet is partnering with the Red Cross to ensure that every child’s comfort kit will come with a small stuffed animal. 

CARE Ballet is preparing to kick off the holiday season with their one-hour classical ballet “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” based on Clement Moore’s famous poem, over the Thanksgiving weekend. “Our dancers wanted to find a way to express the spirit of the holiday season beyond their gifts of dance,” said Judy Genson-Wadsworth, CARE’s Artistic Director. Focus on community outreach is a long- standing tradition at CARE Ballet, which since its founding 24 years ago has sponsored over 50,000 students from underserved area schools attending their ballet performances.

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