The Irish dance community is rallying in support for Jane Richard, the Dorchester 7-year-old who lost a leg in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings that claimed the life of her 8-year-old brother, Martin.
A Facebook page, Wrapping Jane in Our Love is collecting t-shirts from Irish dance schools all over the world to make them into a quilt for the tiny dancer.
The Boston Herald reported:
News that the girl was a student at Clifden Academy of Irish Dance in Milton set in motion a series of events to bolster Jane and her family. “It’s amazing. Across the country and the world, they are holding fundraisers,” said Eileen Dinn, owner of Clifden Academy.
Dinn described Jane, who has been dancing since she was 3, as having “a knack for the music.”
“Some of the kids just run around,” she said. “She could just point her toe and knew when to go.”
That spirit motivated dancers Joe Harrison and Catherine Ternes to organize Dance Out For Jane, a benefit to be held Friday, April 26.
Irish dance academies all across the US have started fund-raising to provide financial assistance to the Richard family. Irish Central reports another fundraising event – an evening of Irish music and dance will take place in Boston, at 7 p.m, this Saturday, April 27.
The event will also feature New England solo and ceili world championship performances.
Tickets are priced at $26.20, with a limited number of VIP tickets $100. Tickets can be purchased by visiting BiddingforGood.com They must be purchased in advance.
Every penny raised will go towards the Richard Family Fund, which has raised well over $200,000 to date. Sponsors of the event include Irish Dances Teacher of New England Inc., Rutherford Shoes, Irish Dance Magazine, and John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Event Center.
In New York, the Kerry Hall at 305 McLean Avenue in Yonkers will host a Dance Out for Jane event from 1-6 p.m. All musicians, singers and dancers are invited to show their support for the Richards, with 90 percent of proceeds raised going towards the family fund, and 10 percent donated to the Leukemia Foundation.
Dance schools have flooded Facebook and other sites with messages of support, both emotional and financial, for Jane and her family. Red Sox for Jane is one Facebook page created by a family asking for donations of Irish dance socks which they will die red and distribute for a donation.
In Kansas City, the Irish dance community is putting on a Dance Out for Jane Fundraiser for the Richard Family.
This event will take place at the Irish Center in Union Station, Friday night. There will be a $10 admission charge ($25 for families) at the door, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. The night will feature dancing by all of KC’s dance groups as well as music from some of KC’s favorite Irish bands! 100% of the money raised will go to the family.
If your town has an Irish dance academy, you should check out their website to see if they have any events planned to help the Richard family. Irish dance fans have an opportunity to help out with a great cause this weekend.