Offers to help two young dancers travel to Germany for the world jazz dancing championships are pouring in to the Clark Academy of Performing Arts.
Numerous pledges to underwrite the air fares of Dinita Rufus, 16, and Chanon Judson, 17, have been received since The Buffalo News revealed the girls' dilemma in last Friday's editions, said Matthew Clark, artistic director of the Hertel Avenue studio.
"I think their chances have been helped quite a bit. In fact, I think the response from the public is also going to help two other girls who were struggling to raise the travel money," Clark said.
Dinita and Chanon, whose families cannot afford to pay for their tickets, faced being left behind when the troupe departs Saturday for the World Jazz Congress in Frankfurt, which will be held Monday through Aug. 4. Their written appeal to potential corporate sponsors yielded $200 of the $1,400 they need.
Contributions may be sent to the Clark Academy Dancers, c/o the Germany Fund, 1471 Hertel Ave., Buffalo 14216.
Dinita's Vernon Place neighbors have organized a separate fund for her travel expenses. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to the Central Presbyterian Church Special Fund, 15 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo 14214.
Leftover money will be returned, Clark said.