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Dancing for a Dream Has Made A Difference In The Lives of Many Families in Imperial County


After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, Dancing for A Dream will be back in full force to entertain the public of the Imperial Valley with fascinating dancing competitions and the mission to make a difference in a child’s life.

And as one of the Co-founders of the “Dancing for a Dream” Foundation, Angie Pena has been the leading enforcement pioneer that has helped raise thousands of dollars through community contributions to support children with terminal medical conditions. The event will return on Oct. 20, 2023, at Cheval Farms in Imperial, California.

“We want to do more for these families like doing case management with the families so during the year we know if there are additional resources they need or how we can help them through the year,” she added.

Dancing For A Dream has developed partnerships with community leaders and organizations to create awareness in developing interests and support the fight against cancer. Thanks to the teamwork between dance instructors and the participants, memorable dancing performances have taken place wowing the attendees the gathered for a good cause.

Angie fosters devoted years of service to communities all within and outside of the Imperial County boundaries. Having served homelessness, disadvantaged ethnic groups, and people with disabilities, advocating for youth who suffer from terminal illnesses is among the list of platforms she tackles and leads groups on a day-to-day basis.

“I think the best way to motivate someone is by working harder than them,” she said. “My volunteers shouldn’t be working harder than me. I should work harder than them. That’s how I feel I motivate others by me being the one setting the example of what I expect. I want them to see it in me.”

Angie’s ethical model is guided by the principles of aligning values across organizational structures, promoting open communication, and enhancing transformational altruistic values in a rapidly changing environment.

Those who know Angie have described her as passionate, a motivator, and self-disciplined. Angie is a current counselor for San Diego Regional Center and serves on the leadership team for Vo Neighborhood Medical Clinic.  It was Dr. Tien Vo and his team that was instrumental in doing testing and mass vaccination during the height of the pandemic. It was because of their work and contributions that Imperial Valley was able to recover and save many lives. Angie is an essential part of Vo’s team and continues to work with him to make sure we have a healthy community.

Angie’s paramount is all embedded in serving the needs of rural areas to bring a better tomorrow through community paramount partnerships.

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