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Monday, May 31, 2010

The Power of Community

It is the eve of the end of what I've come to think of as the month of the vote. Every day in May, our dance community--and frankly anyone who came into our range--were encouraged to vote for Hudson Valley Community Dance's Pepsi Grant Proposal to bring professional swing dance instruction to two Poughkeepsie High Schools.

Ed Berkel and the grant organizers worked very hard, collecting proxy votes and driving the message home. To vote was to make a difference in the community...and in the lives of neighborhood teens.

It's the eve of the end of the vote. By tomorrow it will all be over and we will have won the grant or we will have lost it. But either way, I want to take the time now to acknowledge those who worked so hard to organize the grant, to collect and enter proxy votes and to amass a large enough amount of support that for most of the 31 days we managed to stay in the top 10, most of those days hovering in the 5-6 range. That is no small feat.

In the last few days, everyone who has been involved knows that we've been teetering on the edge of 9 & 10.

If it is still May when you are reading this, and you did not vote today, please pause and do so now. Every vote still counts until midnight. If it is June already then visit the pepsi site to see the outcome of the vote. If you voted along with us, we thank you.