Dance for the Needy.

8 10 2010

This past summer one of my best friends, Brandon Krogel, went out to South Africa for the World Cup and an internship.

When I met up with him for lunch after he first got back, one of the very first things he told me was that he was going to throw a charity event.

On Friday night “Dance for the Needy” was held in an underground parking garage in Orem. It was a bboy battle/hip-hop dance. All of the proceeds would be donated to the orphanage Brandon worked at.

The event was a success and Brandon made over $300 – which considering that the event was held in a ridiculously difficult location to find is quite impressive.

More impressive were the bboys…
Several of the bboys paid the entrance fee and then a little extra because they knew it was for a good cause.

The guy who won the $50 prize gave the money back to Brandon for the charity.

I was touched as I thought about these guys who might not look like the “standard” LDS guy – but who have charity and compassion in abundance.

It made me think of an experience I had at BYU several years ago.

I was President of the Breakdance Club for a little while and I wanted to throw a competition. The year before, our club had done a competition on campus that was incredibly successful. We had an amazing turnout and generated more revenue than most of the other clubs ever had.

But the BYUSA supervisor was not exactly thrilled about the idea of another competition. He said he was disappointed to see individuals with tattoos, piercings and crazy hair at the prior event. He said it was not representative of what BYU stood for. I tried to explain the missionary opportunities and that there would be NO violence, drinking, smoking or anything even close and his response was:

“What would some of our alumni think if they saw people like that on our campus?”

I mentioned that we have a variety of athletes with tattoos who don’t look like a “BYU student” should look and he said that because they generate so much revenue for the school that it is a different situation…

I left that meeting incredibly frustrated and disappointed that we were willing to send missionaries all over the world to preach the gospel, but unwilling to extend our arms to those people in our own community, simply because of their appearance.

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)

? Have you ever looked at someone and thought they were “something” only to find out they were completely different?

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