If you go

What: “Dance for Hope,” Salsa dance and silent auction

When: Monday, 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: UMC, Glenn Miller Ballroom

Cost: Suggested $10 donation from CU students with ID, $10 admission for public

More info: Check out CU Students Against Modern-Day Slavery on facebook.com

Some University of Colorado students are spending their Valentine’s Day heating up the dance floor at the first annual “Dance for Hope” salsa dance and silent auction in the University Memorial Center.

The event, hosted by CU Students Against Modern-Day Slavery, will benefit Mercy Project Colorado’s efforts to build one of the country’s first safehouses dedicated to sex trafficking victims.

Kirsten Lackey, co-president of the CU group, said the safehouse would set a precedent to support similar projects in other states.

“We felt like it was a really good cause to support,” Lackey said. “The theme for the night is ‘Share the Love’ and we thought Valentine’s Day was a great time for salsa.”

There will be a $10 donation at the door for CU students with an ID and $10 admission for the public. The dance will also include a silent auction for gift cards and work from local artists. All proceeds will go to the Mercy Project Colorado.

The dance will include a salsa lesson at 7 p.m. from Ritmos Latinos — CU’s student salsa club — and live music by Denver band, Quemando.

CU graduate student Antonio Naula-Rodriguez and his girlfriend Jannette Hermina changed their Valentine’s plans to include the salsa dance.

“We had other plans to go to dinner and dancing in Denver but decided to go to this event because it does help to support a cause that we believe in,” Naula-Rodriguez said. “We’re excited about the live music and free salsa lesson too.”

CU sophomore Anna LoSecco said she’s excited to have a place to have fun with friends on Valentine’s Day and not think about being single.

“Since I don’t have a boyfriend I can think about helping other people instead of thinking about being single,” LoSecco said. “It can be depressing thinking about that all day on Valentine’s Day, but thinking about other people makes my problems seem stupid.”

“It’s a day that you’re supposed to think about love,” she said. “I can still do that by donating and doing my part.”

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