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Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Pole Dance VIDEO - Dec 2008 Twyla Newton Memorial Fundraiser

 

We held a fundraiser in October for Tammy's (Tantra Fitness owner) good friend Twyla Newton who had been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour....  This is the follow up fundraiser, held in December, for her young orphaned boys.

Veronica and Crystal donated a non-nude pole dance show... the first half of the video was cut off and the rest of it isn't the best quality as we were told it would have to be filmed discretely and from far away... so just Veronica's part of the performance is shown in the video above (thanks so much Jessica for filming it!). It was a fun night, full of many supportive people, and the best part of it all was that we were able to raise $17,000 for the boys!

Note: click on the small box to the right of the volume control (on the bottom right hand corner of the video) to enlarge the video to full screen mode.

Story behind the fundraiser:

"Twyla Newton was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour at the end of August 2008 and given 6 months to live. After only 6 Chemotherapy treatments, she took a turn for the worst. On November 6th, 2008, with her boys and a couple close friends at her side, she passed away peacefully in the hospital. Her two boys, age 6 and 13 have lost both their parents as Twyla's husband passed away suddenly ~5 years ago. With no close relatives these boys are left without a family. With the possibility of being separated and placed into Foster Care, family friends stepped up, who have three children of their own. This family is willing to give them all the love and support that they need but are not financially stable enough at this point in time. If this family keeps the boys, eventually they will receive help from the government but this takes time and paperwork. When your family goes from five to seven everything changes. Transporting the whole family, feeding five growing children, clothing those growing children, school fees, etc....And Christmas is approaching fast, making it the first these boys will spend without their mother."

We held a fundraiser on December 14th at the Cecil Exotic Show Lounge as this was where Twyla worked as a cocktail waitress for almost 20 years. The fundraiser went on for about 9 hours and was filled with many nude and non-nude pole dance performances, 50-50 tickets, door prizes, silent auction and more.... with all the proceeds going towards the boys and their new family.

Here are a couple short newspaper articles if you want to read more about it.....
Vancouver Courier - December 3, 2008
The Province - December 14, 2008

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