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Sally Van Vleck, owner of the Neahtawanta Inn (and my longtime yoga teacher) is hosting a yoga fundraiser on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Puerto Rico following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in September of 2017.

This special benefit yoga class will take place on Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Neahtawanta Inn. Call Sally at (231) 223-7315 to reserve a spot, and feel free to spread the word to your friends.

Bring a donation of your choice. All funds will go directly to the organization “Unidos Por Puerto Rico” (United for Puerto Rico),  an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector.

If you are unable to attend the yoga class, you’re invited to make a tax-deductible donation. If you’d like to be part of the group donation, make checks out to “Unidos Por Puerto Rico,” and drop them off or mail them to the Neahtawanta Inn, 1308 Neahtawanta Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.

You’re also welcome to donate directly online at the “Unidos Por Puerto Rico” website. Click here for more info or to donate directly.

The purpose of “Unidos Por Puerto Rico” is to provide aid and support to those affected by the hurricanes, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to help support the victims, ease their suffering, and help to rebuild their lives.

As of the end of 2017, 45 percent of households on the island were still without electricity. According to this report in USA Today, the town of Ciales, one of the island’s 78 municipalities, is still totally without electricity, and no towns in Puerto Rico have had their power networks completely restored.

Check out the powerful video below which shows not only the devastation that Puerto Ricans are facing, but also the spirit and resilience of the people.

And a big thank you to yoga student Dylis Garcia, who has family in Puerto Rico, for working with Sally to help organize the fundraiser.

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