The Rainbow Project, Inc. will host the 15th Annual Rhumba 4 Rainbow Benefit on Friday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m.-midnight at Union South’s Varsity Hall, 1308 W. Dayton St.
Rhumba 4 Rainbow is celebrating its 15th year! The Rainbow Project’s premier salsa fundraiser to prevent child abuse & end domestic violence will feature Latin music by a live band, a fantastic mobile silent auction & raffle, performances by world-renowned professional Latin dancers, Extra Mile Awards, a Dancing with the Stars-style competition with local Madison celebrities, an amateur salsa dance contest, a fashion contest, appetizers & a cash bar, open dancing, and special guest GILBERT BROWN- former Green Bay Packer & Super Bowl Champion!
1st place: $800 Delta Airlines gift card
2nd place: Series 4 Apple Watch
3rd place: Amazon Echo Show
CELEBRITY DANCE CHALLENGE:
Rebecca Ribley, Wake Up Wisconsin anchor, WKOW 27 News
Leah Linscheid, Anchor/Reporter, WISC TV News 3 Now
Meghan Reistad, Morning Show Anchor, WMTV NBC 15 News
Dana Fulton, Meteorologist, FOX 47 News
Alexandra Nieves Reyes, Police Officer, Madison Police Department
Cawi Buie, Firefighter, Madison Fire Department
PROFESSIONAL LATIN FLOOR SHOW:
Uriel Garcia & Vera Rowe (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – 9-times World Salsa-Bachata-Hustle Champions!
Latin Fusion (Chicago, IL) – 3-couple Bachata dance group
Kevin Gallego (New York, New York) – Solo Male Latin Dance Performance
Salsabrositas (Milwaukee, WI) – Milwaukee’s youngest Latin Dance Team!
EXTRA MILE AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Dr. Armando Hernández, Assistant Director of Integrated Health, MMSD- School Representative
Karen Larson, Children’s Services Manager, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)- Community Partner
Wendy Rakower, Director Emeritus (retired), Red Caboose Childcare Center- Early Childhood Representative
Alliant Energy Center- The Rainbow Project James Greaney Business Ally
Kelly O’Connor- Rainbow Project Volunteer
Jerriesene Alexander- Dane County Foster Parent
The Rainbow Project is a non-profit child & family counseling and resource clinic in Madison that provides restorative healing & hope for young children and their families in Dane County who have experienced trauma, helping them build a foundation for the mastery of life-sustaining skills. The Rainbow Project’s individualized, responsive, and evidence-based, trauma-informed treatments and services have allowed 13,846 children & 13,802 adult caregivers in our community to recover since 1980.