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For a 14th consecutive year, hundreds of Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser, “giving hope to kids.” In the 13 years from 2000 through 2012, Dance Marathon has raised a total of more than $1 million.
Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital’s work. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
A variety of events have been scheduled to punctuate the marathon, including testimonies by families served by the hospital, various performances by student and local groups, the “So You Hope You Can Dance” marathon featuring faculty and staff, and the popular annual lip-sync. The total raised will be announced during a celebration that will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, as the Dance Marathon’s 5 p.m. conclusion approaches.
Members of the public are invited to observe at any point during the marathon.
Activities on behalf of the marathon began shortly after the beginning of the fall semester and have involved nearly 30 student organizations. More than 600 Hope students will be participating in the March 8-9 Dance Marathon itself as dancers or morale boosters or in a variety of other roles.
Additional information about Dance Marathon and the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and about how to make a donation, is online at hope.edu/dancemarathon.