Fordney Foundation Wins Kinecta Kindness Award

Marilyn Fordney being honored by Sarine Parseghian, Retail Service Manager (R) and Samantha Tate, District Manager (L) of Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Westlake Village branch office Photo Source: Alex Havasi

The Fordney Foundation is proud to announce that we have won the Kinecta Kindness Award. We thank Erica Arnold of EA Dance and our resident professional dancer and dance instructor of the DREAM Dance Program for nominating Marilyn Fordney and the Fordney Foundation for this grant.

Here is what Erica submitted:

“The Fordney Foundation gives opportunities to kids to learn a new skill – ballroom dancing. It gives kids a way to interact with each other without technology. Teaching kids is a fun way to exercise.”

On October 23, 2019, the Kinecta Kindness Committee in Westlake Village, CA presented Marilyn Fordney of the Fordney Foundation with a $250 Kinecta Kindness Award on behalf of the DREAM Dance Program.

Marilyn Fordney receiving Grant shown with staff (Samantha Tate, Joanne Macias, Miguel Jacobo, Sarine Parseghian, and Selena Negrete-Contreras) at Kinecta Federal Credit Union Westlake Village branch office. Photo Source: Alex Havasi

DREAM stands for Discover, Respect, Express, Achieve, Motivation. This non-profit program is entirely funded by the Fordney Foundation. It is the brainchild of Marilyn Fordney, director of Fordney Foundation and Erica Arnold, professional dancer and dance instructor. Together they came up with a 30-week dance program to teach children to dance. To find out more about DREAM, you can follow the DREAM program on:

Facebook – @dreamdanceprogram

Instagram – @dreamdanceprogram and

Twitter – @dreamdanceprogram

If you are interested in taking dance lessons or learning about the program, contact Erica at EA Dance:

If you would like to help many more children to learn to ballroom dance, contribute to our DREAM program and click on the “Donate” tab and scroll down to “Go Fund Me” button or you can send a check directly to the foundation at the address that appears on the website at the end of that page. If you would like your school be part of the DREAM dance program, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will get back to you.

DREAM Dance Program Woodlake Community Charter School, Photo Source: Alex Havasi

**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We will soon put on our website a yellow brick road to add their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt


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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website