CONTACT: KJIRSTEN SMITH
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
Dance Marathon 1999 shatters attendance, earnings records
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On Feb. 5-6 more than 650 University of Iowa students
danced for 30 hours to raise money for children facing cancer. In the
Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union students and volunteers danced from
5 p.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is a student-run organization
established in 1994 to aid the Children's Hospital of Iowa at the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Dance Marathon works to bring emotional
and financial support through special projects to families served by the
Pediatric Oncology Unit and to enhance the lives of children facing cancer.
This year's event featured the appearances of several bands, Miss Iowa
1998, University of Iowa athletes, UIHC officials as well as a leather-clad
UI President Mary Sue Coleman. Throughout the 30 hours students stayed
on their feet dancing with the families sponsored by Dance Marathon. These
amazing individuals gave up their weekends for families they don't know,
dancing through the night without sitting, sleeping or drinking caffeinated
Dance Marathon 1999 shattered last year's records. Some 650 dancers
surpassed the 525 total from a year ago. In 1998 Dance Marathon sponsored
63 families. That number has now grown to 92, 80 of whom were present
at the event last weekend. When the final toteboard of the Dance Marathon's
earnings was revealed, the total read $354,064.08. That number far exceeded
last year's $225,000 and this year's goal of $275,000. The total is expected
to continue to rise as checks continue to flow in.
Some of the top money earners include individuals: Steve Wargo, $1,700;
Jillian Meyers, $1606; Jessica Volkman, $1535; and organizations with fewer
than 25 dancers: Alpha Delta Pi, $8,8542; Delta Sigma Pi, $7217; Alpha
Xi Delta, $6,763; and organizations with more than 25 dancers: Newman Catholic
Student Center, $19,560; Alpha Chi Omega, $14,826; Tri Delta, $13,142.
Money raised by the University of Iowa Dance Marathon benefits families
being served by the Pediatric Oncology Unit. The addition of freezers
stocked with food available 24 hours a day for patients on oncology floors,
an new art cart for the children's playroom, a weekly continental breakfast
for parents and children, the purchase of holiday gifts, and family programs
are all made possible by funding from Dance Marathon.
To make a donation or learn more about Dance Marathon, please call (319