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Dancing Til Dawn

The 9th Annual Dancing Til Dawn was a huge success again this year as the foundation formed in honor of Dawn Stanfill continues its tradition of giving to families affected by pediatric cancer.

Brittnye Stanfill heads the foundation which holds its annual fall fundraiser, an evening of dining and dancing at F & M’s Franklin Room.

“We were extremely blessed, and able to give support to two foundation families this year,” Stanfill said. “Thanks to our great local supporters and several new sponsors we were able to assist Olivia Vargas and her family, as well as Evan Hayes and his family.”

For nine years now, The Dawn Stanfill Foundation has provided help for families in need of financial assistance. The foundation sends money to the parents to help them with bills and expenses. They also send gifts to the children.

“We send little presents to them,” Stanfill said. “They get so excited waiting to see what surprise awaits them each day. There is also a presentation of gifts for each child at Dancing Til Dawn, and that gives our supporters a glimpse into the happiness we are able to bring to the lives of these kids.

“It is awesome what we’ve been able to do, thanks to the outpouring of support over these last ten years. We had another sold-out event this year, so we want to thank all of our supporters and sponsors for all they continue to do for these kids.”

During the evening of dinner and dancing, Stanfill took time to introduce this year’s recipients as Prince Evan and Princess Olivia. She said that everyone was standing and cheering, and there were lots of joyful tears. It was a very exciting moment, not just for the kids, but for everyone involved.

Stanfill says that this year’s totals are not in yet. Money is still coming in, but already this is the biggest year in the foundation’s history. She also wanted to share that while Evan is still bravely fighting his cancer, Olivia has found out that she is in remission.

Plans are already underway for next year’s 10th anniversary celebration. For more information, go to

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