Party in Pink Zumbathon Fundraiser Set for Oct. 5

Third Annual Event at Clemente Center Benefits Breast Cancer Prevention  

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The 3rd Annual Party in Pink Zumbathon charity event will bounce into the Clemente Center on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 5, bringing a good workout for a great cause.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention administered by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Last year’s event raised more than $5,600.

Open to the public, the Zumbathon will start with 16 area Zumba instructors leading songs. That will be the first hour. For the remaining 30 or 40 minutes, headliner Fabio Barros will lead the party. A native of Brazil, Barros is a dancer and entertainer as well as a Zumba instructor.

Members of the Florida Tech football team are expected to attend, as they did last year.

The event is organized by Florida Tech Zumba Fitness instructor Susan Vallette, who is dedicating it to the memory and honor of friend Noni Edwards. The wife of Melbourne Central Catholic High School football coach Eddie Edwards, who coached Vallette’s son, Noni Edwards passed away in May after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 42.

“Together, we are making moves in the fight against breast cancer,” Vallette said.

Tickets to the Zumbathon are $15 and are available through Vallette by emailing or by calling (321) 544-2907, and also at the door. Other locations may be found by visiting Vallette’s Facebook page and looking under event name “3rd Annual Party in Pink Zumbathon-Melbourne, FL.”

Participants should wear workout clothes and rubber-soled athletic shoes. It is suggested they wear something pink. Official Party in Pink and regular Zumbawear will be available for purchase.

The Zumbathon will also include a raffle.


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