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Thursday, October 5, 2023


Dance the night away at charity marathon

The UH Dance Marathon for Children’s Miracle Network is fast approaching and will add new meaning to the saying, "shake your money-maker."

The Children’s Miracle Network, one of the nation’s leading fund-raising organizations for children’s healthcare, is teaming up with the University of Houston for the first time to host this benevolent event.

The 16-hour romp, which begins Friday at 7 p.m. and lasts until the Saturday at 11 a.m., will help raise money for specialized healthcare for sick children throughout Houston.

Students who wish to participate in the marathon can register online. The registration fee is $20, but dancers must raise an additional $30 to participate.

The Dance Marathon executive board will also take donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the University Bookstore.

All proceeds go directly to the Charity Care Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, which has a very lucrative and helpful policy, said entrepreneurship and marketing senior and Dance Marathon Chairwoman Kelli Harper.

All children who enter the hospital will be given treatment regardless of whether they are able to fully pay, she said.

The event may sound like a serious ordeal, but the main purpose is to have a good time and to raise awareness.

"The entire executive board has worked extremely hard all year to make this Dance Marathon exciting and memorable, and I hope that is what every dancer feels once they leave," Harper said.

Many different Universities around the U.S. have been hosting events such as this since the CMN Dance Marathon program began in 1995, and Joanne Landrito, the marketing and public relations chairwoman for the Dance Marathon, said it’s about time UH got in on the fun.

"It’s great to have an event for community service and nothing else, and it’s to have fun at the same time and meet new people."

Children who have been helped by this program will be in attendance alongside students and committee members to take part in the marathon.

If you would like to help the organization reach their $10,000 donation goal, register today at www.uh.edu/uhdm.

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