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Press Release for Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UNF Hosts 2nd Annual Dance Marathon Benefiting CMN


Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102


More than 200 University of North Florida students will be dancing the night away in the UNF Arena for 18 straight hours to support pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, and will continue through noon the following day.


The annual Dance Marathon is aimed at supporting the Children’s Miracle Network of Jacksonville/Brunswick. Funds raised by the Dance Marathon are used to purchase critically needed medical equipment, child life resources and educational materials for these hospitals. The event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to make a donation, which will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network of Jacksonville/Brunswick.


Dancers, who have been raising money to support the event, will enjoy music, dancing, games and competitions throughout the night. Special guests, including Miracle Children, who have been treated at either Shands Jacksonville or Wolfson Children’s Hospital, will also share their stories throughout the evening to motivate the participants.


In Dance Marathon’s first year, UNF students successfully raised more than $19,000. “I’m confident that UNF students can surpass this amount and make Dance Marathon a major event on campus,” said UNF student Sammie Robins, president of Dance Marathon, a member of the University’s student-run Club Alliance.


Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year, over 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. Locally, Children’s Miracle Network of Jacksonville/Brunswick benefits the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.