posted November 10, 2009

Dance Marathon Auction Will Be Nov. 20

The annual "Miracle Auction" coordinated by Dance Marathon of Hope College has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20, as part of the student organization's effort to raise support for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

The auction will take place in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.  It will feature a variety of items contributed by local businesses and organizations, and artists and other individuals, including hand-crafted artwork, sporting and recreational equipment, tickets to cultural and sporting events, and gift certificates to local restaurants.

The Hope College Dance Marathon, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, 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 7,600 inpatients and more than 190,000 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 $780,000 for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, including $60,715.25 last year.

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.