Usually college students pull all-nighters before exams. But Xavier University students will dance all night to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center during the seventh annual Dance Marathon. This year’s theme is “Dancing Through the Decades.” Participants will be on their feet from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 at the O’Connor Sports Center Gym on the Xavier campus, with breaks for meals and snacks every few hours. Visitors are welcome for a $5.00 entrance fee.
Each participant is asked to raise $20 or more to get into the event free and receive a commemorative t-shirt.
Contestants will be eligible to win fabulous prizes from sponsors. This year’s goal is to recruit dancers and raise $15,000. Organizers have a “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 Lindsey Derstadt and Emily Roell, co-chairs of XUDM. “We have a great group of student volunteers, and have planned to bring in some recipients of Cincinnati Children’s services to keep dancers mindful of the greater mission - to help raise money for this important organization.”
This energetic and entertaining experience was inspired by colleges and universities joining with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) to help raise money for local health care organizations. Dozens of schools and tens of thousands of students from coast to coast hold CMN Dance Marathons.