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The Rainbow Project set to host 19th annual Rhumba 4 Rainbow benefit

Salsa dancers at last year's Rhumba for Rainbow event. (Photo by Hedi LaMarr Photography)

The Rainbow Project will host the 19th annual Rhumba 4 Rainbow benefit on Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. to midnight, featuring an action-packed night of entertainment for guests at Varsity Hall of UW-Madison Union South.

The Rainbow Project, located on Madison’s near east side, has provided trauma-informed, best-practice, evidence-based, and culturally-responsive mental health services and resources to those living in Dane County and surrounding communities since 1980. This annual event is the organization’s biggest fundraiser.

Rhumba for Rainbow is Madison’s premier salsa fundraising event and will feature some friendly competition between local Madison celebrities in the Celebrity Dance Challenge. Dancers will include writer, speaker & social entrepreneur Sara Alvarado; Nicole Sandoval from Madison College; naval officer Erica Reid-Dixon; Marlene Compean of Great Day Dental; and Emily Feirer with the Madison Police Department and the fantastic dance instructors of Fred Astaire Madison, Madison Ballroom Company, and Arthur Murray.

Guests will also get to enjoy high-caliber performances from professional Latin dancers from around the world, according to a press release from The Rainbow Project. This year, Rhumba for Rainbow will welcome Jhaime Vega & Sacha Fomine (2023 cabaret-style World Salsa Champions), Fuquan Ferrell & Candace Joyner, Salsabrositas, and Barrio Dance.


Orquesta MAS- Madison All-Stars and DJ Rumba will also perform at Rhumba for Rainbow which will also feature a silent auction. Attendees are encouraged to dress to impress to win prizes in the fashion contest.

Money raised at the 19th annual Rhumba for Rainbow will go directly to helping young children and families in our community heal from trauma.