Bella Ballet and Saydam Properties Group Raise $8,000
to Help Young Survivors of Abuse


Gaithersburg, MD — A Father Daughter Dance recently hosted by Bella Ballet dance studio and Saydam Properties Group raised more than $8,000 for The Tree House Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, which serves children who have survived abuse and neglect.

Bella Ballet and Saydam Properties Group joined their efforts to put on the fundraiser, which drew about 80 pairs to the Kentlands Clubhouse in Gaithersburg on March 24. The girls, from 2 to 13 years old, and their fathers dressed in their Sunday best and enjoyed a candy and dessert bar, glitter tattoos, princess crown decorating, outside games, and, of course, upbeat music that kept everyone’s feet moving.

The event raised $4,000, and Bella Ballet and Saydam agreed to match that with gifts of their own. Coupled with a raffle that brought in $198, Bella Ballet and Saydam were able to donate a total of $8,198 to The Tree House Child Advocacy Center.

“We’re proud to support Tree House’s work, which is helping children right here in our county when they need it most,” said Bella Ballet Founder and Owner Hope MacDonald. “Most people who live in the affluent DC metro area would be surprised to know there are kids who have been victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect who need to know they are not alone.”

 The Tree House Child Advocacy Center is dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for child victims of abuse and neglect. Through a collaborative process between the private and public sectors, key professionals come together on behalf of victims’ best interests. This early intervention is essential to ensure that an abused child or adolescent develops into a healthy and productive adult, capable of forming trusting and loving relationships. (Learn more at

To support the organization’s work, Bella Ballet also raised funds during a fall festival and at the Kentlands Holiday Jubilee. Bella Ballet families were encouraged to donate pajama sets and stuffed animals for The Tree House’s young clients.

Showing the students of Bella Ballet how they can help others is a pillar of MacDonald’s business.

 “Bella Ballet is more than a dance school to me,” she said. “I want to teach our students by example the importance of giving back and supporting the community in which they live.”

About Bella Ballet

Bella Ballet is a full-service dance studio in Gaithersburg, MD, that teaches more than 500 kids each week in almost 50 classes, including traditional ballet, Broadway, tap, hip-hop, contemporary dance, and Mommy and Me. Learn more at, or you can find Bella Ballet on Facebook and Instagram.