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Downturn slows elite charity events

Even regulars fear taking on pledges

Rachel Gabriel is cofounder of Shimmies for a Cure, which uses belly dancing performances to raise funds for charities. The group has scaled back because of the economy. Rachel Gabriel is cofounder of Shimmies for a Cure, which uses belly dancing performances to raise funds for charities. The group has scaled back because of the economy. (ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)
By Stephanie Ebbert
Globe Staff / March 20, 2009

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To raise enough money to participate in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, a two-day charity bike trip across Massachusetts, Rachel Gabriel started an unusual fund-raising event of her own, an evening of belly dancing performances. Her "Shimmy Fund" raised nearly $4,700 last year for the Jimmy Fund and put her in the Pan-Mass Challenge. (Full article: 973 words)

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