HANFORD – The pandemic has not been favorable for the performing arts anywhere in the country – and PATY’Studio is no exception.
Launched in 2009 by Patricia Diaz as a way to promote the gospel and teach good ethics through and alongside dance, Praise Arts Talent Youth has been active in the community for over a decade and is still going strong. , but COVID-19 has taken its toll. Diaz and his dancers. Suddenly, the events used to recruit new members were called off, while social distancing requirements also put an end to their fundraising efforts.
“It was really a radical change, but I think we have adapted well and we see ourselves slowly coming out of it and I am very optimistic and still thankful to God that little by little we will come back to where we need to be”, Diaz said.
As Kings County moves into the amber box and things start to open up again, PATY’s outlook is positive, but with their finances struggling, they needed help to be able to afford their first. competition since the start of the pandemic. This is where Oh So Clean came in.
Opened earlier this month at 741, boulevard E. Grangeville, owner Randy Maugé, wanted to introduce himself to the Hanford community with a little charity and community service. Speaking to the Hanford Chamber of Commerce for suggestions, P.AT.Y.’Studio was suggested to Maugé, who immediately took to their cause.
“My kids have always been involved in different sports and my daughter was involved in dancing growing up,” said Maugé. “So I know how it goes when you have people trying to dance and families, and you have five kids or you have a number of kids and everyone is playing a sport or something and ‘they’re trying to fundraise … it’s a good charity to partner with so these kids can have that experience and see what it’s like to compete.