Zumbathon held for victims of deadly Silver Spring apartment explosion

Amanda Holliday, at left, speaks to a participant during a Zumbathon fundraiser in Takoma Park, Md. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Holliday says the event will raise money for the victims of the explosion at Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Md. (WTOP/Katy Stewart)
Amanda Holliday, at left, speaks to a participant during a Zumbathon fundraiser in Takoma Park, Md. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Holliday says the event will raise money for the victims of the explosion at Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Md. (WTOP/Katy Stewart) (WTOP/Katy Stewart)
Participants sweat it out during a two-hour Zumbathon fundraiser in Takoma Park, Md. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
Participants sweat it out during a two-hour Zumbathon fundraiser in Takoma Park, Md. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Katy Stewart)
The goal of this Zumbathon event was to raise funds for victims of an explosion at Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Md. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
The goal of this Zumbathon event was to raise funds for victims of an explosion at Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Md. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
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Amanda Holliday, at left, speaks to a participant during a Zumbathon fundraiser in Takoma Park, Md. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Holliday says the event will raise money for the victims of the explosion at Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Md. (WTOP/Katy Stewart)
Participants sweat it out during a two-hour Zumbathon fundraiser in Takoma Park, Md. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
The goal of this Zumbathon event was to raise funds for victims of an explosion at Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Md. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

TAKOMA PARK, Md. — On Sunday, the Zumba community in Takoma Park came together to help others by doing what they love to do — Zumba. They were dancing and sweating for hours, while raising money for victims of the deadly apartment explosion in Silver Spring.

The two-hour Zumbathon was held at the Washington Adventist University student activity center Sunday afternoon. The goal was to raise money for the victims of the explosion at Flower Branch Apartments. It has been more than two weeks since the horrific gas explosion and fire killed seven people— including two children — and displaced about 100 residents.

Zumba teacher Amanda Holliday, who organized the event, said the more she heard about the story on the news, the more she was moved to do something. That’s when she put out the call to the Zumba community.

“We can just tell our friends about it, and they hear Zumba and they come running,” Holliday said.

She said the money raised at the Zumbathon will go straight to the victims.

Tracey Boss, who owns a dance and fitness business, said she uses dance to give back to the community. “I jumped on the opportunity to be here today,” she said.

She said she knows what it’s like to lose everything.

“I actually was a victim of a fire years ago,” she said. “My prayers go out to the families.”

Holliday said those who missed the Zumbathon on Sunday can still make donations online.

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