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Rollins College 12-Hour Dance Marathon Benefits Children's Miracle Network

December 03, 2008

Media Contact: Stephanie Page Duesing, 407-646-2203,

Rollins students, faculty, staff and the community joined together Saturday, Nov. 15 to raise money for the Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization that benefits local children's hospitals.

The event included 12 hours of non-stop dancing, music, games, food and entertainment. Miracle families and children who have benefited from Children’s Miracle Network were also on hand to share their stories and show participants how their efforts benefit real people.

More than 120 dancers participated by remaining in constant movement to honor the physical and mental struggle faced daily by children with terminal or critical illnesses. The student dancers spent the past semester collecting donations for the Children's Miracle Network in order to participate in this final event.

“Dance Marathon was a tremendous success," said Rollins Dance Marathon Advisor Marianne Howe. "It is truly a unique event for the Rollins campus, it is entirely student run and it brings students from all walks of life together united in a cause allowing them to build new friendships while making a difference for Children’s Miracle Network and the miracle families."

A variety of events were held to support the Dance Marathon. From the Faculty and Staff Stroll-a-thon to sorority bake sales, the Dance Marathon team was able to raise $29,000 and counting. Dance Marathon Executive Director Emily Killian (class of 2009) was “very pleased with the participation of not only the students -- but the faculty, staff and administration.”

Millions of children each year benefit from Children's Miracle Network efforts to raise money for research and treatment. Children's Miracle Network hospitals treat 17 million children each year for every disease and condition imaginable. Local Children’s Miracle Network affiliated hospitals include Shands Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children in Orlando.

Dance Marathon is the largest and most successful student-run philanthropy at Rollins College. Last year's inaugural event raised more than $35,000; was named the "Best New Dance Marathon" out of 17 launched nationally last year; and was recognized as the most successful first-year dance marathon ever produced in the event's 13-year history.

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