In March 2014, Anahi Tovar was nominated for a TWLP Student Enrichment Grant during our Spring 2014 nomination cycle. She wished to take Hip-Hop dance lessons. Sadly, this 14 year old girl never got to take those classes. She (and her father) were killed in an automobile accident on April 2, 2014. Just 14 days after we received her application, she was gone. We never got to meet Anahi, but this tragedy had a profound effect on us here at The Wish List Project.
After considerable thought, we met with Anahi's mother and asked permission to set up a Dance Award in her daughter's name. Even though we didn't get to fulfill Anahi's wish of taking dance lessons, we wanted to carry on her legacy by allowing other young people just like Anahi, to reach their goals through dance and movement classes.
In honor of Anahi, we have already given two recipients the Anahi Dance Award. Our most recent grantee is Ilya Ignatyev, an 11-year-old competitive dance student. He is currently the State champion in Latin Ballroom dancing and is working hard to attend Nationals.
You can also help honor Anahi's short yet meaningful life in three ways:
- Donate to help fund more students who aspire to dance, just like Anahi. Note: When completing the donation form, please write Anahi Dance Award in the message section and your donation will be used solely to fund young dancers.
- Nominate a student for the Anahi Dance Award by downloading an application here.
- Share this page. Tell others about Anahi and the lasting impact her life will have by giving other kids the opportunity to dance.