Dance Marathon Fund-Raiser for Children is March 7-8
Posted February 25, 2003
HOLLAND -- Hope College students are putting in a
marathon effort to help kids in need.
The student-organized Dance Marathon is a 24-hour
charitable drive for children. The funds raised are donated
directly to DeVos Children's Hospital of Grand Rapids.
Dance Marathon will begin on Friday, March 7, at 7
p.m. and will run until Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the
college's Dow Center. During the event, dancers are
required to stay on their feet for the duration.
More than 180 dancers, including students as well
as members of the college's faculty and staff, are
registered. Including the planning committee and the
hundreds who will serve 12-hour shifts as morale supporters
or in other behind-the-scenes roles, more than 600
participants are anticipated.
Each dancer must raise at least $275 to
participate. Fund-raising efforts during the months
preceding the marathon itself have included collecting
change outside of area businesses, a "Giving Hope to Kids
Auction" on campus, student meal ticket donations, and
donation of a portion of Tuesday proceeds by Papa John's
Pizza. Student organizations such as the college's
fraternities and sororities have been holding additional
fund-raisers of their own.
Dance Marathon is in its fourth year at the
college. In its first three years, 2000 through 2002, the
drive raised a total of more than $110,000, including
$50,425.87 last year.
The amount raised this year will be announced
during a celebration scheduled to begin on Saturday, March
8, at 6 p.m., an hour before the conclusion of the marathon.