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February 18, 2002

UW-RF to Hold Second Annual Dance Marathon
By Katie Vangsness
UW-RF News Bureau

Students at UW-River Falls will stay on their feet for 24 hours to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network to benefit Gillette Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul. The event, known as the Second Annual UW-RF Dance Marathon, will feature fun-filled activities from 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, at the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education Center and W.H. Hunt Arena.

Said Assistant Director of University Centers, Facilities and Operations Patrick Wade, "In 1972 when it originated, the event was a Dance Marathon, but it quickly evolved into much more. Now it involves 24 hours of contests, Olympic games such as floor hockey and basketball, karaoke, some dancing to live bands or music played by a DJ; and food."

Wade said that families and their children who have been helped by the benefit will come in to share their experiences during the event.

Dance Marathon began at Penn State University and is now the largest student-run philanthropic event in the nation. More than 40 universities and colleges raise two million dollars annually through pledges, donations and sponsors.

Each student who wishes to participate in the Dance Marathon is asked to raise $100 or more in advance of the event, collecting money from family and friends or organizations. Wade said official letters are being sent out asking for money to be donated in the student's name, to assist them in their efforts.

The Children's Miracle Network is an international organization that raises funds for children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Since it was established in 1983, it has raised $1.4 billion through fundraisers like Dance Marathon to help over 170 hospitals help more than 14 million kids.

Support from the community for the student-run Dance Marathon fundraiser would be accepted and appreciated. For information on making a donation, please contact Dawn Gallinger or Patrick Wade at 715/425-3911.

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