During the summer of 2015 dancer Michael Apuzzo of Paul Taylor Dance Company, and event planner/former Broadway performer Eric Gunhus came up with the idea to bring a new and fresh event to East Hampton: a dance festival of some the most prestigious dance companies and prominent dancers in the world, sharing their gifts to raise funds in support of the arts and the local community.
Michael & Eric soon partnered with author and fashion/food expert Hal Rubenstein, engineering VP David Nickle and their not-for-profit Fund In The Sun Foundation, an organization with a long history of successful benefits in Fire Island Pines. The four decided to combine their efforts and the collaboration brought Dancers For Good to life in the summer of 2016 with their immensely popular inaugural event.
The name Dancers For Good is two-fold in meaning: Dance is a discipline that stays with the dancer for life…for good. Additionally, this event brings together incredible dancers eager to give their time, talents and energy for charitable philanthropy…to do good. This celebration allows all of us an opportunity to experience Dancers For Good.
DANCERS FOR GOOD MISSION STATEMENT
Dancers For Good is a fundraising event operating under Dancers For Good, Inc, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Dancers For Good’s mission is to:
- Bring the best of contemporary, ballet and Broadway dance to the community
- Raise funds to support the dance community and other entertainment professionals in need
- Support the local community with a focus on organizations that support and foster the arts.
Dancers For Good 2018 will again benefit two special social service programs of The Actors Fund:
The Dancers’ Resource and Career Transition For Dancers.
Dancers For Good is an event that collects and distributes funds as outlined in a manner at all times consistent with the exclusive charitable purposes of Dancers For Good, Inc. within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.