Eight Graham girls will attempt to make their way to New York this Thanksgiving to perform in the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Allison's School of Dance owner Allison Aylor heard through a fellow dance colleague that Dallas-based Spirit of America Productions gives dance and cheerleading teams a chance to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Participants have to be between the ages of 14-18.
Aylor's students in that age range made an audition tape and submitted it to the company in hopes to be selected to perform — and they did. Allison's School of Dance students Veronica Breitkreutz, Anaiah Guerra, Maddie Lindley, Chyanne Lozowski, Meagan Paschal, Rhaymee Putman, Neely Schlabs and Whitney Stone are trying to raise enough funds to make it to New York City.
They will participate with 400 other students and are awaiting to receive a routine tape to practice with. All participants will dance in the same routine together. Students will stay at the Midtown Hilton Hotel, go on the Statue of Liberty Harbor Cruise, visit the Empire State building, attend a Broadway production and attend the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes, as well as perform live on television during the parade.
Students will perform in a contemporary and theatrical jazz dance routine.
The trip will cost each participant about $2,400, including food, airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to events and their performance costume. The girls are working hard to raise funds by holding fundraisers on their own, such as bake sales and 50/50 drawings, but they need more help to make it to New York.
In an effort to send the girls to the parade, Pizza Hut will hold a fundraising event from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the restaurant. The entire staff of Pizza Hut will serve a night time buffet, and all of the tips they receive will benefit the New York trip.
The buffet will cost $7 that night and will include a drink. Children age 3 and younger will get to eat for free. The participating students will serve as hostesses, seating people as they come in to eat. They will also be outside encouraging people to stop by and support their cause.
The fundraiser will be open to the public, and those who can't stay to eat can drop off a donation.