Auburn University Dance Marathon to be held this Saturday

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – More than 500 Auburn University students and 150 local high school students will participate in the Auburn University Dance Marathon, a 12-hour event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Student Center ballroom. The marathon marks the final event of a yearlong fundraising effort for Columbus Regional Healthcare System, a Children’s Miracle Network affiliate.

Participants must remain on their feet throughout the 12-hour event. Staff members, called “Morale,” will lead the dance teams in games and competitions. Other activities include Zumba and a date auction. Local performers, including the AU Singers, AU Pep Band, Aubie and popular rock artist Tim Tyler, also will provide entertainment.

“The energy of the event is contagious,” said Auburn University Dance Marathon president Casey Stein. “The ability to interact with patients and administration from the hospital, and see the donation transfer hands so immediately separates Dance Marathon from other philanthropic events.”

Families from the hospital will tell their stories about Children’s Miracle Network to inspire the dancers to keep standing for the kids.

In 2012, Auburn University Dance Marathon broke the national record for first-year Dance Marathon by raising $65,995.25. Proceeds from this year’s marathon will be used in the hospital’s neonatal care unit.

The Auburn University Dance Marathon will be live tweeting throughout the event at @AuburnDM. Donations can be made online at http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=1216

and at the event until the final hour. Students can register to participate in the marathon through Saturday. For more information, go to http://www.audancemarathon.com.

(Contributed by Chelsea Payne.)

Contact: Maddi Bourgerie, (317) 509-8262 (mcb0019@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)