Dance & Cultural Exchange Party To Pair Fun With Fundraising

Triangle Zumba hosts an event to bring cultures together and raise money for UNICEF

August 27, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Honorary UNICEF Ambassador, author, and fitness instructor Bearta Powell of Triangle Zumba in Raleigh will host an “International Dance & Cultural Exchange Party” on Friday, August 28, from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Connections Event Center on Buck Jones Road in Raleigh, with a portion of the proceeds going to UNICEF.

The Party will feature a variety of dancing — Salsa, Meringue, Samba, Belly Dancing, Cumbia, Mambo, Axe, Hip-Hop, Funk, and African dance – as well as special performances and a raffle.

Powell expects the event to attract “hundreds of people from the area’s international community who will dance, eat and share their cultural traditions,” she said, while raising money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Bearta Powell of Triangle Zumba
Bearta Powell of Triangle Zumba

Bearta Powell is also donating a substantial portion of the proceeds of her new book, Orphans Of War, to SOS Children, the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity. Her book chronicles her life as an orphan in war-torn Lebanon. As a result of her generosity, Powell was recently named an Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF.

With the August 28th event, Powell continues her outreach to charitable organizations that help children and underscores her effort to bring the area’s diverse cultures together.

“The International Dance & Cultural Exchange Party is all about the international community coming together,” said Powell, who uses “Zumba,” a fusion of exercise and dance, in her fitness training work.

“I have always believed that fitness is not just physical but spiritual and mental as well,” Powell said. “Through exercise, charitable causes, prayer and meditation, one can achieve long term happiness.” For more information on Triangle Zumba, visit

A variety of vendors will also exhibit at the Party. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 at the door. The Connections Event Center is located at 1280 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.

For more information on the International Dance & Cultural Exchange Party, contact Bearta Powell:; 919-606-0647.

About Bearta Powell:
Bearta Powell is a Lebanese-born author who became a naturalized US citizen at 19 years old. Powell, an orphan, spent her formative years amidst war-torn Lebanon and wrote Orphans of War to chronicle her often horrific childhood experiences.  Powell is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she pursued a Bachelors of Science in Business and Management.  Powell is a fitness enthusiast and very active in her community.  As a certified Zumba® and IFTA instructor, Powell orchestrates the largest inter-cultural fitness event in the Raleigh metro area.  Her events are designed to celebrate cultural differences through a variety of fun with fitness and fun with food experiences.  Orphans of War is available for purchase through book retailers and through the author’s website at

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