CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 24, 2001
Dance Marathon organizers set $500,000 fund-raising
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
About 1,000 University of Iowa students have registered to participate in
Dance Marathon, an annual event in which participants dance for 24 consecutive
to help raise money and create awareness for children fighting cancer. Dance
Marathon begins at
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).
Karla Lee, Dance Marathon executive director and UI
marketing senior, said she is hopeful the event will raise $500,000 for children
fighting cancer and obtaining treatment at the pediatric and oncology unit
at the Children's Hospital of Iowa, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
The theme for this year's Dance Marathon is "A Day of Dance to Give Children
Dance Marathon participants paid $25 in registration
fees, and each is expected to raise at least $375 toward this year's total
fund-raising goal. Although registration is closed, persons can still become
involved by making donations or stopping by the IMU to support the dancers,
The event last year raised $354,000 and more than
$700,000 in the last six years.
For more information, contact Karla Lee at (319) 353-2094.