SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Capital Region is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, and a dance studio in Saratoga is taking part with their Havana Nights charity event. All ticket proceeds are donated to Centro Civico in Amsterdam to help support their services.

The Fred Astaire Dance Studios honored Hispanic heritage with a dance party that went until 7 p.m. on Sunday. “We’re really excited to be able to bring some Latin culture to the area,” exclaims Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ co-owner Elizabeth Masko. “We’re getting to educate people in the community more about Hispanic culture and also introduce them to our fabulous students!”

Centro Civico of Amsterdam serves the immigrant, refugee, and Latino communities in the Capital Region and surrounding counties. It helps low-income families access English as a second language classes, voter registration drives, advocacy, and a variety of health, education, housing, business development, and employment programs.

“It’s a little shocking when people think about it,” said Regional Director Roxanne Marin. “You don’t know that there’s so many people out there that need these services.” She told NEWS10 that the organization has helped over 5000 people in the Capital Region, this year.

“Our ultimate goal is to raise as much as possible!” said Masko. “It’s a little bit of a rainy day outside, so we’re hoping that’ll bring even more people in.”

One of the dancers told NEWS10 that her dancing means much more than just fun and health. “I love to give back. I love to give back to my community, to so many people who aren’t as fortunate,” said Carol Swyer.

All told, the event raked in $500 to benefit Centro Civico in Amsterdam.