Dance Marathon to Raise Funds for Children's Hospital
MADISON - Some UW students will do an all-nighter at The Shell near Camp Randall Stadium, but not to prepare for exams. Instead, they'll dance 14 hours in UW's second annual dance marathon to raise money for American Family Children's Hospital.
The event begins at 7 pm, Feb. 26 and continues until 9am the next morning. Participants will dance to modern hits, old-time classics, and country; live entertainment by local performers; and lessons in ballroom dancing.
Last year's inaugural dance marathon raised nearly $57,000 and attracted over 300 participants.
This year, marathon organizers set $100,000 as their goal and increased the event from 12 to 14 hours.
"It's a really great way to combine a really fun and entertaining night with reminders about those that we're trying to help," says Wisconsin Dance Marathon co-director Adam Wallenfang.
Last year, the funds went for toys and activities for the kids. The donations also helped purchase equipment for the operating room and support the family dinner program, which provides food for patients and families twice a month.
Instead of just handing over the check, the members of the Wisconsin Dance Marathon student organization give their time and service year round at the hospital. They personally serve the food at the dinners and get to know the patients and their families as well as hospital staff.
"It just kind of puts everything for you in perspective," says Wisconsin Dance Marathon public relations chair Emily Kesner. "They're so strong. And you would never expect that a 5-year-old or an 8-year-old could teach you something that valuable, but in reality, sometimes they know more than we do."
For more information, visit http://www.uwdancemarathon.org/.
Date Published: 02/11/2010