Shake, shake, shake it for the PMC

How could you pass up this great (and successful) fundraiser by PMCer Rachel Gabriel:



Shake your money maker for a good cause, literally, at the Third Annual Shimmies for a Cure: Shimmy Fund, a benefit to raise money for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) and cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute .  In its third year, Shimmies for a Cure has raised nearly $10,000 for the cause.


The Shimmy Fund will hold a full day of belly dancing fun with workshops, live performances, raffles and a silent auction with all of the proceeds benefitting the PMC. Founded by Lunenberg resident, PMC cyclist, and professional belly dancer Rachel Gabriel, organizers hope to raise funds for crucial cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


Workshops are $25 each, and will be held from noon to 4:45 p.m. Classes vary in style and ability, from utilizing a sword, mastering the shimmy, working with finger symbols or popping and locking like a pro. Basic belly dancing knowledge suggested. Discounted rates offered with multiple class sign up. Advanced RSVP and payment required for classes. Live performances will begin at 6:30 p.m., advanced tickets are $25/$35 at the door.


Events will be held on Saturday, March 28, at the Somerville City Club, 20 Innerbelt Rd., Somerville, Mass. To learn how to join in on the belly dancing haffa, (“party” in Arabic) call, (774) 239-2092 or email,


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