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Feb. 17, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 11

Dance Marathon Benefit Kicks Off Friday Night

Marathons are nothing new to the Boston College campus, a prime spectator location for the Boston Athletic Association's annual foot race. But participants in the marathon taking place at BC tomorrow and Saturday don't run: They shake, twist and boogie, and along the way, raise money for a good cause.

Some 700 students are expected to participate in the third annual Boston College Dance Marathon, a 16-hour benefit for Children's Hospital Bostona beginning at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 18, in the Flynn Recreation Complex.

Organizers said they hope to raise more than $100,000 for the hospital through the marathon, themed "Give a Little Love, Save a Little Life," which will go on until 11 a.m. Saturday. The event is intended to unite the campus in support of one worthy cause through a highly visible event that will raise funds and awareness for a cause involving children in an "incredibly fun way," say the organizers.

Students must raise a minimum amount of $150 to participate as dancers in the marathon. They can also serve as "moralers," providing entertainment and other encouragement to the dancers, and general volunteers.

Last year's BC Dance Marathon event drew nearly 700 students and collected more than $60,000 through direct and indirect donations to benefit the hospital. In 2003, students grooved their way to $28,000 for the Boona Baana Orphanage in Tanzania.

For more information on the event, see the Web site: www2.bc.edu/~blattnem/dancemarathon/index.htm. -Stephen Gawlik

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