Roanoke residents enjoy cupcakes for a good cause

March 19, 2014 by  

Roanoke schools will have a bit more money to finance their arts programs, thanks to a successful fundraiser held last weekend.

Pedro Szalay, the artistic director of Southwest Virginia Ballet, served cupcakes at Roanoke’s Bubblecake Bake Shop on Saturday, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, and donated all the money to the arts programs in Roanoke’s schools. Over the course of a very busy 90 minutes, Szalay and the bakery raised almost $600 in their ‘Cupcakes for a Cause’ effort.

Szalay believes arts programs are important for children, and is noted for bringing his creation, called Dance Espanol, to Roanoke’s schools for the 2012-13 school year. The program not only gets children up and moving, it teaches them Spanish as well. Before that, Szalay worked with fourth graders through his Minds in Motion program, which he taught in school systems in Roanoke, Salem, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Martinsville.

Szalay, who was born in Venezuela to Hungarian parents, says he grew up with the arts, which were important in his country, and wants to pass that love on to today’s children.

Roanoke school officials might consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for city residents, discussing the fundraiser and its success, stressing the importance of arts in education, and asking for community support with the project.