ZumbaFest raises money for Ryan C. Clark Scholarship and Community Service Award

By | August 29, 2019


SINCE A GUNMAN OPENED FIRE ON VIRGINIA TECH’S CAMPUS KILLING 32 PEOPLE. ONE OF THEM WAS A LAKESIDE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE. THOSE WHO KNEW HIM SAY HE WAS KNOWN FOR GIVING BACK AND TONIGHT THAT LEGACY CONTINUED. JOHN: AUTUMN JOHNSON LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM WITH THAT STORY. AUTUMN: TO CELEBRATE RYAN CLARK’S LIFE, HIS MOTHER CONTINUES HIS LEGACY BY HOSTING AN ANNUAL ZUMBA-FEST TO BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND COLLECT DONATIONS FOR THE RYAN CLARK SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD TO AID STUDENTS GOING TO COLLEGE. RYAN CLARK WAS A SENIOR AT VIRGINIA TECH IN 2007 WHEN HIS LIFE WAS TAKEN DURING A MASS SHOOTING ON CAMPUS. THE LAKESIDE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE LOST HIS LIFE TRYING TO SAVE OTHERS DURING THE TRAGEDY. HIS MOTHER SAYS HELPING OTHERS WAS ALWAYS RYAN’S PLATFORM, SO SHE CONTINUES HIS LEGACY TODAY BY RAISING MONEY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP IN HIS NAME THAT HELPS LOCAL STUDENTS GO TO COLLEGE. “TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. AND WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS JUST RAISE MONEY SO THAT WE CAN ENCOURAGE SOME YOUNG PERSON TO GO TO SCHOOL.” THE MONEY IS RAISED BY HOLDING A ZUMBA-FEST, DURING WHICH THE COMMUNITY THE MONEY IS RAISED BY HOLDING A ZUMBA-FEST, DURING WHICH THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATED RYAN’S LIFE ONE SONG AT A TIME FROM HIP-HOP TO TANGO. “THIS IS AN EVENT THAT HAS GROWN OUT OF PASSION AND LOVE. FOR PEOPLE THAT KNOW HOW TO TURN ANGER INTO A PROJECT THAT BENEFITS OTHERS. THAT’S WHAT RYAN’S LIFE WAS ABOUT.” ORGANIZERS TELL ME THAT ZUMBAFEST HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY OVER THE LAST 11 YEARS WITH NEARLY 400 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE SATURDAY, A RESPONSE THAT MADE MRS. CLARK EMOTIONAL. “IT’S OVERWHELMING. EACH YEAR IT GETS BIGGER AND BIGGER AND WHAT IT MEANS TO ME IS THAT PEOPLE CARE. AND THAT THROUGH TRAGEDY YOU CAN STILL DO SOMETHING POSITIVE.” THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED TO THREE LOCAL STUDENTS IN MAY WITH THE GOAL OF RELIEVING SOME FINANCIAL BURDEN. “IT MIGHT BE BOOKS, IT MIGHT BE A COMPUTER, A LAPTOP, ANYTHING THAT A COLLEGE STUDENT NEEDS THAT GIVE HIM OR HER A PIECE OF MIND TO BE SUCCESSFUL.” LOCAL VIRGINIA TECH ALUM WERE ALSO IN ATTENDANCE TO SUPPORT AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF A FELLOW HOKIE AND HIS FAMILY. “THAT’S WHAT THIS BUTTON IS ABOUT. UT PROSIM. THAT’S THE SCHOOL’S MOTTO. THAT I MAY SERVE. AND THAT’S RYAN.” AUTUMN: DURING THE ZUMBA COOL DOWN, THE LADIES OF LINCOLNTON PRESENTED A THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN DOLLAR CHECK TO MRS. CLARK THAT WILL GO TOWARDS THE RYAN CLARK SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION WHICH WILL HELP A LOCAL STUDENT.

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