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07/06/2015

DRI Foundation’s ‘Dance for Nepal’ Benefit Event Raises $21,000+ for Earthquake Victims as Elite Members of New York Dance Community Unite to Make a Difference

All Proceeds from Event Have Been Donated to The DRI Foundation Nepal Relief Fund to Fund Resilience-building Efforts in Nepal


New York, NY- July 6, 2015 - The DRI Foundation, the charity arm of the world's foremost business continuity certification and education nonprofit Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International, in partnership with 39 Steps and Red Rope Productions, is pleased to announce that it hosted a sold out, one-night benefit, Dance for Nepal, on Tuesday, June 30 at the Union Square Theater in Manhattan. This phenomenal performance and spectacle was produced by Simona Ferrara and Faye Rosenbaum with the artistic direction of Lloyd Knight. Attendees were treated to a night of world-class dance featuring rhythmic music and classical styles, both mixed with a contemporary flair.

All proceeds, raised through ticket sales and individual contributions, will be donated to the DRI Foundation Nepal Relief Fund to fund DRI's upcoming Disaster Management Training Program in Nepal and to reinforce long-term recovery, rebuilding efforts in the affected areas, as well as to directly benefit survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed 8,000 lives in Nepal on April 25 where aftershocks are ongoing.

The elite performers danced the night away, leaving over 430 guests dazzled by their outstanding performances. The event really captured a combined effort for a great cause by both the elite dance members as well as the enthusiastic audience. It was an enjoyable night for all, as the dancers awed the audience, all to benefit Nepal.

The elite dancers of the New York Dance Community who performed at the benefit include: Maxim Beloserkovsky and Irina Dvorovenko (formerly of American Ballet Theatre), Ashley Bouder and Amar Ramasar (New York City Ballet), Lloyd Knight (Martha Graham Dance Company), as well as volunteers from FJK Dance, The Francesca Harper Project,Rioult Dance New York, Parsons Dance Company, DorranceDance, Sidra Bell Dance New York, and Paul Taylor’s American Dance Company.

"I couldn’t be happier with the response to this event," said AnneMarie Staley, DRI Foundation Chair. "Attendance was fantastic, the audience enthusiastic, the caliber of the performances were exceptional. The money raised will go a long way toward continuing our commitment to helping the people of Nepal."

"This event was made possible through the all-volunteer efforts of amazing artists to send a message of support, help, and hope to those in need," said Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director of DRI. "Through our collective efforts, in conjunction with those already assisting in the recovery in Nepal, the DRI Foundation will aid earthquake survivors and support the rebuilding of resilient communities that can better withstand such devastating events."

"Nepal is a beautiful country so rich in culture, it's hard to sit back and watch the daily struggle in the wake of these powerful earthquakes without wanting to help. By bringing our community together through the arts, we are offering the Nepalese communities the help they so desperately need," added Lloyd Knight, Artistic Director of Dance for Nepal.

About the DRI Foundation
The Disaster Recovery International Foundation has a vision of resilient communities worldwide. It pursues that vision through promoting disaster risk reduction through partnership and education as well
as aiding recovery efforts through fundraising and volunteerism. As a registered 501(c)3 corporation, the DRI Foundation serves as the charitable arm of DRI International.

About DRI International
Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the leading nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI International has 13,000+ certified professionals in more than 100 countries and conducts native-language training in more than 50 countries, offering in-depth courses ranging from introductory to masters level, as well as specialty certifications. The organization's annual DRI Conference brings together leading business continuity professionals from both the public and private sector to share best practices and participate in continuing education and volunteerism. Through its Collegiate Conferences series, DRI is helping to create the business continuity professionals of tomorrow, partnering with universities to introduce students and faculty to this rapidly-growing field through day-long networking and educational programs. As a recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to international organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to create industry standards and promote greater resiliency through public-private partnerships. DRI is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization. www.drii.org

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