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Oct. 15, 2004

UW-RF Student Dance Marathon Goal is $15,000
By Christine Duellman
UW-RF News Bureau

The newest and biggest student organization at UW-River Falls, Smiles 4 Kids, is coordinating the 2004 Dance Marathon with hopes of raising more than $15,000 for Gillette Children's Hospital.

Dance Marathon will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center at UW-RF. The purpose of this marathon is to raise money for the hospital and also to raise awareness about children’s diseases and disabilities.

"This is a great opportunity for college students to make a difference in other people’s lives," said Jeremy Kalal, the president of Smiles 4 Kids and coordinator of Dance Marathon.

So far Smiles 4 Kids has 243 members who are dedicated to volunteering and raising money for children’s hospitals. There is a lot of enthusiasm and an overwhelming amount of participation, Kalal said.

Members of Smiles 4 Kids are working hard to ensure this year's dance marathon is a success, says Kalal. In addition to raising money and awareness, they hope to increase the amount of community participation for this annual event.

"Our overall goal is to make it a great experience for everyone so that the tradition of dance marathon will continue on over the years," explained Kalal.

Dance Marathon is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Prior to the event, participants must form groups of 10 and together raise a minimum of $150. They can either donate this money out of their own pockets or find a sponsor for the event. The registration deadline is Nov. 1, and cost is $10 per person. The fee covers the cost of each participant’s t-shirt in addition to food, music and games on the day of the event.

Participants will have the opportunities to make several emotional connections during Dance Marathon as six families from Gillette Children’s Hospital will be there to give personal testimonials. Singer and songwriter David Allen will also perform throughout the day.

Dance Marathon will be open to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. Community members and sponsors can come and see first hand what is being done by this organization to help children’s health issues. During the last half hour of the event there will be a presentation of the proceeds check in addition to a surprise ending.

Smiles 4 Kids is accepting donations and sponsors for Dance Marathon. Anyone interested in donating time or money to this event should contact Jeremy Kalal at 715/425-4514 or via email at


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