It’s been over a week since “Dancing Man” and his celebrity-supported bash went viral, and now he and Cassandra Fairbanks are preparing for the immense task of throwing the party of a lifetime.
“Dancing Man,” who prefers not to go by his real name, became an Internet sensation last month when users on 4chan mocked him for hanging his head in shame after getting made fun of for dancing at a party.
“Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week,” wrote the anonymous user. “He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
However, while the picture started from a place of Internet cruelty, it quickly morphed into something truly uplifting. Fairbanks, a writer for the Free Thought Project, put out a public call to find the “Dancing Man” and help throw him an epic dance party in Los Angeles. She soon tracked Dancing Man down, and, thanks to the power of the Internet, stars like Moby and Pharrell took notice and started to offer their help.
“Moby’s been great,” she tells PEOPLE. “We met up with him to do some planning. He’s offered a tremendous help. I’m very thankful.”
She also mentioned that musicians like Andrew W.K. and Pitbull have reached out to offer support as well, but they haven’t confirmed anyone for their party just yet.
As for the bash, Fairbanks hopes to hold it sometime before the summer. The party (and Dancing Man’s airfare to L.A.) was originally going to be paid for through a GoFundMe page, but Fairbanks has already raised so much money (over $40,000 to date) that she and the Dancing Man are planning on donating all the money to charity.
“We’re splitting the donations 50/50 with a nonprofit in the U.S. and a nonprofit in the U.K., where he’s from,” she explains, although she says they have yet to confirm the actual partner charities.
“The entire GoFundMe account is going to charity. We were getting offered a lot of the services for free so we decided this was the best route.”
As for Dancing Man, she says he’s been involved every step of the way.
“He’s really cool,” she says. “I’m glad he’s the person we found. He’s a really good, genuine, nice guy and he’s very concerned about raising money for charity and raising awareness.”
“He’s not making it about him, it’s about the bigger issues.”
Forget about winning the Internet – Dancing Man has already won all of our hearts.