Luau fun makes fitness possible for children, families in need


Savannah Tamblyn, who turns 3 on July 10, and Zumba instructor Linda Stahl do the hula dance in preparation for the Zumba Luau on July 23 at the Suntree YMCA Family Center.

Photo by Mike Gaffey

It’s Zumba, it’s a luau, and it’s a party. How can the Saturday, July 23 Zumba Luau at the Suntree YMCA be any better? It’s all for a good cause, building a strong community that includes members who cannot afford to join but need the health benefits most of all.

“The Zumba classes are really popular and really fun, like you don’t even realize you are working out, you are just at the club showing your stuff to great music, but it doesn’t have the downsides of a nightclub,” Suntree Y operations manager Joe Rowlette said.

“Members of the Y are always looking for how they can give back to the community and do something meaningful as a group, so this was a perfect event. The luau theme just puts it over the top.”

The event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. to sign in. The requested minimum donation is $10.

In another outreach effort, the Y is recruiting volunteers, including teens, to work the club phones to call or cell phones to text one’s “Circle of Influence” to share information about family center memberships and schedule facility tours from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. A brief training starts at 4:45 p.m.

“When you volunteer at the Y, you are bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood,” Rowlette said, reflecting on some of the club founding principles. “The Y is a cause for strengthening community. And, collaboration helps us deliver on youth development, curbing chronic disease, building healthier communities.”

Rowlette added that the purpose of the Y is to improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individuals, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen Spirit, Mind, and Body.

Suntree YMCA is at 6300 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 114. For more information, call Rowlette at 321-259 2929 or email