posted November 18, 2008

Dance Marathon Auction Will Be Nov. 24

The annual "Giving Hope to Kids Miracle Auction" coordinated by Dance Marathon of Hope College has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24, in correlation with the student organization's effort to raise support for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

The auction will take place on the second floor of the Midtown Center, located at Pine Avenue and 16th Street, and will begin at 7 p.m.  It will feature a variety of items contributed by local businesses and organizations, and artists and other individuals.  Notable items will include a poker table, a road bike and a ski package.

The Hope College Dance Marathon, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, is a philanthropic event that benefits the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Dedicated to providing comprehensive care to children, the hospital serves as a referral center for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents throughout the state. More than 150 physicians in 40 pediatric specialties care for more than 7,000 inpatients and more than 125,000 outpatients every year at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

In order to help support the vast number of ailing children that visit the hospital each year, all proceeds from the auction will go directly towards the funding of special programs that are designed to make the young patients' visits to the hospital more bearable while also helping the families of the children to deal with their illnesses.

Since beginning in 2000, Dance Marathon has raised more than $717,000 for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, including $120,878.62 last year.