January 1, 2014
Save the Date for Dancing on the Valentine: You Can Dance for Inspiration — A Tribute to Madonna and Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Presented in partnership with KEXP and Neumos
Seattle, WA – The 9th Annual Dancing on the Valentine Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8pm. Local musicians will come together to celebrate the music of Madonna at Neumos, located at 925 E Pike Street. The event will include raffle prizes from local businesses, as well as a free photo booth with pictures taken by awesome photographer Ben Haley.
Producer Jenny George was diagnosed with leukemia at age 12, given less than thirty days to live, and told that she would never have children. That was over twenty years ago. Today, she is a dedicated mother who, in addition to her day job, is committed to raising money to cure the disease and help children going through the same experience she once endured.
Moving the event to a larger venue in 2013 meant that George could work towards raising even more money to donate to LLS. Dancing on the Valentine presents A Tribute to The Cure earned $7,700, and Jenny hopes to raise at least $10,000 this year with the support of DOTV fans.
The decision to make this year’s event a tribute to Madonna is rooted in a very personal memory. Jenny says, “My love for live music started with the very first show I attended: Madonna’s Who’s That Girl Tour. It was toward the end of my first year of chemotherapy; I didn’t have much hair and wasn’t feeling that well, but seeing Madonna perform live was transformative. I was able to lose myself in the music and forget about being sick for at least one night. For the 2014 Dancing on the Valentine, it seemed fitting to pick Madonna as the theme to celebrate another birthday that I thought I might not have as a teenager.”
This year features performances by Adra Boo from Fly Moon Royalty, The Redwood Plan, The Young Evils, Fox and The Law, XVIII Eyes, Lazer Kitty, Gibraltar, Three Beats Two, Hotels, Swearengens, and Trick Candles with the possibility of more bands to be added for the final line-up. Aerialist: Kelly Ward. DJ: Doc Blammer. Emcee: Dana of Three Imaginary Girls.
Dancing on the Valentine is an annual benefit concert to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. All proceeds go to the Society, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, as well as improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
“Every year is an amazing celebration for me,” says Jenny George. “I can’t express how grateful I am for everybody’s support year after year. Each person who buys a ticket to Dancing on the Valentine is special to me, and I’m so excited to have a bigger venue this year in order to raise more money for a cause that is so very personal.”