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Dancing to help Oklahoma tornado victims

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TYLER (KYTX) - While people in Oklahoma continue to recover from multiple deadly tornadoes, East Texans are chipping in and finding ways to shake out a little extra money to help them on their journey.

It was a toe tapping fundraiser, saches, salsa and shaking, with more than 100 people at the UT Tyler Patriot Center Saturday.

"Pulling out Zumba instructors from across East Texas, from Lufkin, to Marshall, Palestine, together to bring our students together to raise money for victims in Oklahoma," says event organizer Je'nae Lacey.

Lacey organized the Zumba-thon to raise money for victims of the deadly Oklahoma tornadoes.

She did the same 2 years ago for the victims in Joplin, Missouri.

"Been told that we sold about 120 tickets so far, plus shirts. They're $10," says Lacey.

Two EF5 tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, only days, and 25 miles apart.

Moore suffered the first blow, with El Reno following.

The powerful winds and massive path of destruction left 24 people dead.

With all the devastation, people are finding hope, ways to rebuild and move on.

These men and woman, and kids, want to help that effort.

Using what they have, and a little rhythm, to make a step in the relief for those victims.

"It was a miraculous turn out and wonderful event. Hoping we can do it again for another cause. So, that you to everybody," says Lacey.

All the money raised from the event at UT Tyler today will go to help the victims of those tornadoes.

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