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Chappaqua Children Cartwheel for Charity

MT. KISCO, N.Y. - Young gymnasts from Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco and other areas are head over heels for Jodi's Gym latest fundraising venture.

Jodi Levine's gymnastics school for children in Mt. Kisco recently wrapped up its inaugural "Cartwheel for a Cause," where enrolled children cartwheeled to raise money for the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

"We know children who have been at that hospital and had really wonderful treatment and it’s great place in our community that we would like to support," said Levine. "It’s all about kids being in a nurturing, great environment, especially when they’re sick. Our children’s hospital provides that so we want to help them."

Levine started the charity with a fundraising goal of $2,500, which she said was exceeded. Raising the money are kindergartners through sixth-graders, many of whom  are from Chappaqua and Mt. Kisco, said Levine.

"During their class, time is being allotted for them to count how many cartwheels they can do in a certain amount of time," said Levine. "They’ve all collected sponsors."

Levine is hoping to raise even more money with her gym's "Tumble for a Cause" on Sunday. Children from one to 8-years-old will be invited to take lessons from Jodi's Gym instructors.

"We’ll have gymnastics, music, class, food, treats, tattoos, and raffles," said Levine. Pizza will be provided by Bellizzi and face painting will be provided by Hollywood Pop.

The event runs from 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and admission is $50 for the first child and $25 each additional sibling. All proceeds from the event will also be donated to the children's hospital.

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