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Dance Marathoners to stay on feet for 12 hour benefit

Rachel Craft

Issue date: 11/12/10 Section: Focus
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Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 13, Case Western Reserve University's Dance Marathon (DM) team will host its greatest undertaking yet: a 12-hour dance marathon to benefit the pediatric patients at University Hospitals. The event will run from noon to midnight in the Veale fieldhouse and is open to the entire Cleveland community; in fact, several young cancer patients will be making an appearance. It's all part of the group's effort to "inspire all, enable dreams, [and] live courage."

As the name suggests, the event will last a full 12 hours, with an hourly line dance to help keep track of the time. But there will be plenty to do besides dance. A euchre tournament will be held around 1 p.m. and a cornhole tournament around 5 p.m., each with a donation admission of $5 per person and prizes for the winners. Cards and cornhole will also be available throughout the event, as well as arts and crafts, miniature golf, Guitar Hero, and, tentatively, Delta Tau Delta's renowned Whack-a-Delt.

Paint Me Happy, a local organization that makes hats for cancer patients, will be setting up a station around 4 p.m. where attendees can paint hats to donate to the children at University Hospitals. Attendees may also compete in a tower-building contest using only spaghetti and marshmallows.

There will be music and dance performances from a number of CWRU student groups, as well as local high school talent A-PoPhasis, a hip-hop dance team. Sustenance will be provided, but there will be no chairs; the goal is for everyone to stay on their feet for the entire 12 hours, or as long as possible. The closest thing dancers will get will be in the form of a moonbounce.

Attendees can register as either dancers (for an encouraged donation of $50) or moralers (for $5). Dancers attempt to make it through the entire 12 hours, while moralers may come and go; teams of one dancer and several moralers are encouraged. Those interested can register online at
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