A night to remember in Arequipa

When we’re not working hard up at the Flora Tristán school, our HOOPsters like to let their hair down and have a good time. And last Friday, we had a blast – all in the name of charity – as we teamed up with our friend at another NGO, Intiwawa, to throw a fundraiser party. This week’s blog comes to you from HOOPster Spencer from Wisconsin USA, who was mixing up the tunes in the DJ booth…

So, last Friday, HOOP and Intiwawa got together to throw an awesome party in Baron Rojo nightclub. The creatively named “HOOPTIWAWA” party had everything from glow-in-the-dark face painting to blacks lights to jello shots and drinks that “glowed” in the neon light.

I was lucky enough to be able to DJ the event. I DJ a lot of parties and shows back in the States, but this was my first opportunity to DJ internationally. I was pretty nervous leading up to the party – unlike DJing in America, I didn’t know exactly what people wanted to hear and liked to dance to. Other than lots of Peruvians, the dance floor was a cultural melting pot of people from France, Italy, Canada, England, Germany, Australia… keeping everyone happy and dancing was my number one concern. Oh, and all my music was on a hard drive back in Wisconsin. But, I made do with what I could, and managed to have a pretty good time compiling the music I thought would go over well with people at the party. I was also bombarded with requests from friends beforehand, so I had some ideas of what to play, with suggestions spanning all different nationalities and cultures to make sure I had a good mix of tunes.

But prepping music in advance is only one part of DJing! Although I didn’t quite have room in my bag to bring my DJ equipment to Peru, luckily the resident DJ at the bar had a pretty similar setup. So, I stepped up into the DJ booth stationed above the dance floor, took over the tunes, and the room was packed. It was an awesome experience for me, and when I first joined HOOP, I definitely didn’t expect to be doing a DJ set to a room packed with 350 people here in Peru.

11411860_874879132592914_1336890729084619833_oThe night ended up being a huge success, and we raised more than 1,400 soles for HOOP (and the same for Intiwawa)! The money is all going to school supplies, scholarship funds and any other expenses that help HOOP continue its work in Flora Tristán. The party was also a great opportunity to get the word out about our organizations and show people that a little contribution can go a long way to help the kids. We’re looking forward to the next one, so if you missed the party last weekend, we’ll see you next time!

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