Apr 5, 2010 12:02 PM by Greg Boyce

Colorado family wins dance competition

A Colorado Springs family featured on News First won a national contest to promote physical activity sponsored by Primrose Schools.  That means Children's Hospital in Denver will get $30,000.

"We are thrilled to announce the Lopez family as the winners of the Family Dance-off," said Jo Kirchner, President and CEO of Primrose Schools. "Their success in making exercise a fun part of the family's healthy routine is a tremendous example to families across the country. We are honored to make a donation to The Children's Hospital on their behalf."

More than 30,000 people voted for families from across the country who submitted 30-second home videos of their family's best dance moves. The Lopez family earned enough votes to compete last week as one of seven weekly finalists vying for the grand prize of $5,000 and the local hospital donation.

Calia Lopez, age 2, attends the Primrose School of Springs Ranch, where the Lopez family learned of the Family Dance-off contest. Parents Carlos and Heidi Lopez are both educators - Carlos an elementary school principal and Heidi a high school choral teacher.

"Not only did our family have a great time competing in this contest, but we wanted to raise awareness for this worthwhile cause," said Carlos Lopez. "As an elementary school principal, I've had a number of students over the years whose lives have been touched by The Children's Hospital and we're proud to be able to support their efforts."

The Children's Hospital sees, treats and heals more children than any other hospital in its seven-state region. With more than 1,000 pediatric specialists and 3,000 full-time employees, The Children's Hospital aims to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy.

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