A benefit dance party was held at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel June 13th to benefit The Dillon Henry Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Henry was only 17 years old when he was killed in a car accident. Though so young, Henry had touched so many lives with his charismatic charm and warmth, as is evident with the over 1,000 people who attended his funeral, according to a foundation spokesperson.

In his brief, but far-reaching life, he had already become an accomplished writer, surfer and a budding activist. Henry supported causes important to him such as the Jewish World Watch Darfur, and he created his own organization called the Ocean Awareness Club to help introduce kids to surfing and raise awareness about pollution impacting life in the ocean.

To honor his memory, Henry’s family created a charity called The Dillon Henry Foundation, which is a nonprofit clearinghouse for donations to charities that were close to Henry. The charities supported by The Dillon Henry Foundation are the Jewish World Watch Darfur, which is now building a Dillon Henry Community Health Clinic to offer primary healthcare in that region, The Surfrider Foundation; CASA, a children’s advocacy project that helps children in need find support through arts programs and scholarships; The Palisades High School Scholarship, which helps seniors from Henry’s high school go on to higher education, and the Wildwood School Scholarship, benefiting his middle school.

The “Dance For Life” benefit for the Dillon Henry Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network, an alliance of children’s hospitals that treat over 17 million children worldwide, was organized by Jordana Cohen, a close friend of Dillon’s sister, Jordana.

“We’re thrilled to be able to participate in and support this special benefit,” said David Siguaw, director of sales and marketing for the Marriott.

“Connecting with Jordana and the Henry family has brought Dillon’s infectious enthusiasm to us in a way that’s impossible not to respond to.”