KU News Release

Feb. 11, 2011
Contact: Ellen Hernly, KU Dance Marathon, 785-550-7166

KU Dance Marathon hopes to raise $60,000 for children’s hospitals

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LAWRENCE — Hundreds of students, faculty and staff at the University of Kansas are expected to attend the KU Dance Marathon on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center.

Activities including sports tournaments, concerts and other performances start at 5 p.m. Several Lawrence organizations and businesses, including the band Down With Gravity, Unity Hip Hop Dance Crew and Salon Di Marco Day Spa, are donating their time and services to the event. The public is welcome to attend.

KU Dance Marathon, a student-run nonprofit organization, raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and donates exclusively to KU Pediatrics. The group has donated $57,000 over the past two years and hopes to donate $60,000 this year. Each dance marathon celebrates yearlong fundraising efforts.

“The point of a marathon is to stay on our feet all night and dance for the kids who can’t,” said Hilary Ferguson, associate director of internal operations. “We hope that one day they’ll all be able to dance with us, and we fundraise to help make that dream a reality.”

Last year, 250 students attended the dance marathon. This year, expected attendance is 350 students and at least 10 beneficiary families. The Rock Chalk Hour, new this year, is from 7 to 8 p.m. and held specifically for KU athletes, coaches and faculty.

“A lot of the people who attend aren’t sure what KU Dance Marathon is all about, and I think it’s just something you have to see to understand,” said Lauren Winchester, executive director. “Once people come and spend time with the children we’re raising money for, they can’t help it. They’re hooked.”

KU Dance Marathon was founded in 2008. It donated $20,000 in 2009 and $37,000 in 2010. More than 100 KU students make up the organization’s executive board, steering committee and other committees. It works directly with 30 families from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Fundraising efforts include a letter writing campaign, bimonthly trivia nights and other events.

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