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SPECIAL CHEERLEADERS: Dazzlers go south for unique experience

February 21, 2013

Whitley County Dazzlers, a special needs cheerleading group, will be heading to Myrtle Beach, Fla. in March. Front row, from left: Brooke Silk, Mary Hyndman, Ava Rowe and Samara Pfeiffer. Back row, from left: Alexis Kyles, Alisha Kimmel, Sydney Pequignot, Jyl Riemersma and Payton Jagger. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Dazzlers, a special needs cheerleading group, is headed to Myrtle Beach, Fla. March 14 to 17.

A competition is on the itinerary for the girls as well as some “fun.”

“This is such a great chance for the girls,” said coach Vanessa Bills. “For some this will be the first time they ever see the ocean. Entire families are going and using it as a vacation. It’s just a really good opportunity for everyone.”

But the trip does not come without a price.

“We could use some donations,” said Bills. “I don’t want to deplete all our funds and leave us short for next year.”

Some contributions have already found its way to the Dazzlers. Lodging was donated for the group as well as the use of an area church’s bus.

“We are still holding fundraisers to help cover the other expenses,” Bills said.

A Zumbathon is set for March 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Whitley County YMCA.

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