Xavier University Students to Dance the Night Away for a Good Cause

Dance Marathon will benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center | November 27, 2007

Xavier University students will dance the night away during the second annual Dance Marathon to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Participants will be on their feet from 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1 at the O’Connor Sports Center Gym, with breaks for meals and snacks every few hours.

Participants must raise $100 each in order to be eligible to dance, plus pay a $10 registration fee which covers the cost of a commemorative t-shirt and meals throughout the evening.

Contestants will be eligible to win fabulous prizes during the evening from sponsors such as McDonald’s, The Radisson Hotel, Party Source, Subway, and more. Visitors to this exciting event are welcome for a $5.00 entrance fee.

Last year Xavier held their inaugural Dance Marathon. More than 75 participants helped raise $10,000 to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This year’s event is shaping up to be just as successful, with 35 dancers already registered.

Organizers have also recruited a 12 person “Morale Team” whose job will be to keep the dancers motivated and upright for the duration of the marathon.

“We’re all really excited for this event,” said Shannon Towle, co-coordinator of XUDM. “We have a great group of student volunteers, and we have planned to bring in some of the recipients from Children’s Hospital to keep our students mindful of what the greater mission is…to help raise money for this important organization.”

In addition to dancing, participants will be entertained by break-dancers, a break-skater, DJ’s, line dancing, a Michael Jackson impersonator, an appearance by the Bengal’s mascot Who Dey, the Blue Blob and others.

This energetic and entertaining experience was inspired by other colleges and universities, which join with their local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) to help raise money for health care organizations in their own communities. CMN first heard of Dance Marathon when Indiana University raised more than $60,000 for the Ryan White Infectious Diseases Fund. This fund was established by the Indiana University Dance Marathon Council (IUDMC) at Riley Hospital for Children, a CMN hospital in Indianapolis.
Thanks to the help of students at Indiana, Xavier, and many other schools CMN's Dance Marathon program has raised more than $1,000,000. There are now dozens of schools and tens of thousands of students from coast to coast holding CMN Dance Marathons.

For more information please contact Shannon Towle at 513-382-8550.