The Central Coast Follies was founded in 2003 by a small group of local, compassionate, energetic, “vintage” tap
dancers who wanted to perform. Built by the creative genius of Jason Sumabat, director/choreographer, and inspired by
alumna Emily McGinn, the Central Coast Follies launched their first production in 2003 for the express purpose of raising
funds for Parkinson’s Disease research through the national Parkinson Alliance and operating under the non-profit umbrella
of the local Parkinson support group, CCPA. In 2018 and 2019, the Follies also chose to tackle the issue of food insecurity,
partnering with the SLO Food Bank, in addition to continuing support for the Parkinson Alliance.
In 2020, with Covid-19 rampant across the globe, the Follies were unable to hold their annual fundraising performances and
focused, instead, on becoming an independent non-profit corporation. Central Coast Follies, Inc. was born in August of 2020,
and we have recently received our 501(c)3 non-profit status from the IRS. -- We are now in our 19th year and 18th full
production, continuing our mission to do good in our community by supporting worthy non-profit organizations. Net proceeds
will be donated to community organizations as determined by the Central Coast Follies, Inc. Board of Directors.
The extraordinary dedication and commitment of these volunteers to raise funds for Parkinson Disease research over the past 16 years is almost unheard of. We are very proud to have received donations of more than $450,000 from this wonderful community, with the Follies' donation alone accounting for $383,000 of that total! -- Carol Walton, President & CEO – Parkinson Alliance
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