We created The I Keep Dancing Scholarship as a tribute in loving memory of  Julia Gardner, our sister, daughter and best friend. Julia, a longtime restaurant veteran, returned to school at the age of 27 after years of setbacks, to finally finish her degree. This journey wasn’t easy, and she often felt insecure about how long it would take to accomplish her goals. But she kept moving forward — with joy, and grace, and humor. She kept dancing.



To help fund this scholarship, please follow the button below to the Orange County Community Foundation. Scroll down to the drop down menu, and click "I Keep Dancing Fund." Proceed with filling out donation amount and payment information.

Scholarship update: We are incredibly grateful for everyone’s support over these last three years since Julia passed away. As you can imagine, it’s been a really hard three years, but your support and encouragement have meant the world to us and have truly helped us heal.

The scholarship we created in Julia’s honor is currently in process with the Orange County Community Foundation and in 2019 we hope to get the traction we need to see what this beautiful scholarship can do in the lives it touches.

If you’re wondering why the heck this has taken so long, setting up a scholarship is a lot of work as it turns out! Thanks for your patience as we continue to set it up properly.

Your generous donations have made all of this possible and we can’t wait to officially “launch” the scholarship once all the pieces are in place.

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A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.  Ecclesiastes 3:4