Coast 2 Coast: Dance Across America

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Join "Coast 2 Coast" for their Annual Fundraiser in New York!


What is the "Coast 2 Coast" Tricky Tray?


Each year in their home state of New York, the "Coast 2 Coast" Crew hosts their major fundraising event; The Annual "Coast 2 Coast" Tricky Tray. If you don't recognize the name, a Tricky Tray is very similar to a traditional Penny Social type event-- but only brand new items and gift cards to your favorite places are raffled off. Since we are a registered 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Not-for Profit Public Charity registered in the State of New York, all items we raffle off are generously donated by local businesses and national brands. They range from beauty supplies to health care, restaurant gift certificates to sporting event tickets and even theme park passes to some of the happiest places on Earth!

Left: Dancers from VP Dance Academy in Fishkill, New York perform a dance to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" as a part of the "Coast 2 Coast" Dance Showcase.

Besides the raffles, various dance studios and companies perform in our Dance Showcase-- so besides winning great prizes, guests can enjoy a show on our stage. Dance studios are invited from across the New York Tri-State area to perform and draw a crowd to help fund all of "Coast 2 Coast" programs. For a $5 entry fee, guests receive their first sheet of raffle tickets and entry to the performance theatre.

What's included in the 200+ raffles?

Photo Credit: Lori Kershenbaum

This year we have some exciting items to raffle off. Of course we have vast selection of specialty gift baskets including Bath & Body Works products, candles, cleaning supplies, movie night baskets, etc. but we also have some great items donated by members of the community! Admission tickets to many theme parks around the country including Walt Disney World tickets, sports memorabilia from the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and New York Giants, tickets to see Army West Point Football, the Rockland Boulders, and the Hudson Valley Renegades, gift cards to delicious restaurants like Chipotle and Shake Shack, tickets to New York City shows like STOMP!,  SEVEN (7) Resort Accomodations in the Carribean including stays in St. Lucia, Panama, Antigua, The Grenadines, and Cancun, and much more! We hope you can join us at our fundraiser and hope you take home some great prizes, all while supporting a great cause!

Where does the money you raise go?


All money we raise goes right back to children right here in the Hudson Valley and across the United States! It goes straight to fund our seven (7) dance scholarships and allows our program to reach thousands of dancers across the country each year.

Three of our seven scholarships are given to dancers right here in the Hudson Valley, as a reward for helping to "Pay-it-Forward" to others who may not be as fortunate as they are. We couldn't raise the money needed without the help of our local Hudson Valley dancers, so we have set up special "Pay-it-Forward" dance scholarships for them as a thank you from those across the nation who get to be a part of our yearly tour. Our local dancers have always had the chance to participate in our free program since we first started in 2014 and through out fundraisers, they get their hand in passing this message along to students nationwide.

The final four (4) scholarships are awarded to dancers across the country. Each year at the end of April, the C2C Crew travels across the nation teaching master dance classes to students and dance studios completely free of charge. It's not a traditional dance class because it leaves students with the message to "Never Give Up." Not only do we promote the health and fitness side of dance, we also encompass the ideals of persistence, perseverance, passion, and positivity. We believe that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. Students learn that no dream is too large or small—you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to, as long as you work hard-- and the crew proves this with their personal stories and what they've been through in their own lives. After students participate in the master dance class, we give students the opportunity to write an essay about what dance does for their lives and we award three (3) scholarships to these deserving dancers to continue their dance education in their home studios.

All three of the members of the "Coast 2 Coast" Crew take two weeks without pay off from their regular jobs to travel around the country proving to children that they can do anything they set their minds to. All of the money raised goes into the organization to make lives better for those who might not otherwise be able to afford to dance.

What is included in the Dance Showcase?

To all of those in the community who support our organization and the dance studios here at home in New York who perform to help "Pay-it-Forward" in the dance world, we thank you for your dedication. A huge thank you to our local studios who have supported us: VP Dance Academy in Fishkill, Street Beatz Dance Studio in Mohegan Lake, Kelly-Oster School of Irish Dance in Mahopac and Hopewell, Jonathan Fenton of Wappingers, Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, Queen City Dance in Pouoghkeepsie, and Step-By-Step Dance Studio in Cornwall. Not to mention, A HUGE THANKS to our volunteers and guests who make this all possible!

Photo Credit: Lori Kershenbaum

Would you like to donate a raffle item or are you a VP Dancer getting donations?


Please feel free to download our donation documents below. There are low quality images for quick viewing, but if you right click on the links and "Save As", you will get a high quality copy of the document for printing and distributing. VP Dancers-- these are the documents you received in your Tricky Tray packet. If you're a business and you would like to participate in our event, please feel free to reach out to our Executive Director, Jimmy Lyles, by phone at: (845) 240-5447 or  by email at: We are looking for sponsors of our local Tricky Tray, our National Tour, and baskets/services to raffle!

The documents below are lower quality and best for quick reference before downloading the files above!