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Sigmas Molly Shoulta (now a junior), left, and Emily Holt ’11 with a “mummified” friend at last year’s Dance Marathon

Georgetown, KY (March 30) – Dance Marathon, the new GC student organization, hopes to have more than 200 “dancers” (participants) Friday night and into Saturday for its second annual fundraiser to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (specifically Kentucky Children’s Hospital.) Read the good story in Thursday’s Georgetown News-Graphic below.

Even if you haven’t signed up, drop-ins are welcome during the “community hours” from 6-9 this evening and from 9 a.m. until 12:27 p.m. Saturday. Why “27” – the event will last 17 hours 87 minutes as a tribute to 1787, the year Christian education began on the site in Scott County that would become Georgetown College.

And, please especially thank the following primary sponsors when you are shaking-a-leg at our George H.W. Bush Fitness & Recreation Center: Kohl’s and Papa John’s of Georgetown, and 104.5 The Cat (Clear Channel Communications).

 Dance Marathon also thanks these Georgetown businesses: Advanced Eyecare, Applebee’s, Between Friends, Central Bank, Chick-Fil-A, Georgetown Flowers, Penn Station, Pizza Hut, Mancinos, Starbucks and Walmart. Other supporters include Hooters in Lexington and Kentuckiana Title Agency of Louisville.

Georgetown College students work to help children by hosting dance marathon this weekend

By Nancy Royden, Georgetown News-Graphic

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Lauren Casada, right, founder of GC’s Dance Marathon, and event publicist Ashley Fox (Photo by Nancy Royden)

Georgetown College students are getting footloose this weekend to raise money for some of the state’s youngest residents by hosting a dance marathon on campus to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“We needed something to work for the greater good; for something outside our campus,” said Lauren Casada. 

Casada, a senior at the college majoring in exercise science, said the event is one of several held at different schools in the United States. The marathon at Georgetown college will benefit the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, part of the UKHealthCare system.

To make the event successful, local businesses, students and others are working together so children may receive medical treatment they need.

“Community involvement is great. It will benefit local families so they can get very specialized, awesome care,” the Louisville native said.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving high school and college students to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community. The event lasts for 12 to 40 hours, and students stay on their feet by dancing, playing games and other entertainment, according to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This is the second year it has been held at Georgetown College, and it will be in the George H.W. Bush Center for Fitness.

Casada, founder of Dance Marathon at the college, is joined in coordinating the event by Georgetown College sophomore Ashley Fox of Corbin, senior Hannah Flanery of Ashland and other students. Staff adviser Jesse Hines Farley has been working with the students. 

Casada and Fox said they are excited about the event that starts Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Saturday at 12:27 p.m. It lasts for 17 hours and 87 minutes to mark the year Georgetown College was established, Casada said.

“We come together for the kids for one night for one cause,” she said.

Casada said sometimes students at the college stick with their own group, Greek organization or fellow dormitory residents. However, the marathon will bring everyone together to do something selfless while still being fun.

Fox said the students hope to raise at least $10,000, and by March 27, they raised nearly $6,000.

During the marathon, some of the the families who have benefitted from Kentucky Children’s Hospital or a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital will be in attendance and interact with the participants. 

Casada said the marathon will kick off with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m., and there will be a 

an “inspiration tent,” a curtained-off area with pictures of children who have benefitted from the philanthropy. Other mementos may be viewed there as well.

Throughout the marathon, there will be mini dance lessons, and at the end of it, participants will be able to do the same dance together, Casada said.

Fox said there will be different themes during the marathon and participants will be standing up and doing things throughout the event. Some activities will include dodgeball and volleyball. Music will be played throughout the marathon.

Fox and Casada are seeking sponsors and monetary donations from people in the Georgetown area. Food donations for the marathon are also sought.

For more information or to make a donation, visit the Georgetown College Dance Marathon website at www.dancemarathongc.org.