Orono, Maine - Twelve hours. 720 minutes. 43,200 seconds of dancing for miracles! This Saturday, February 1, more than 600 University of Maine students will be dancing for twelve hours at the third annual UMaine BearFest Dance Marathon for the Kids to benefit EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It all starts at 6 pm at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center in Orono.
Dance Marathon is a national movement among colleges, universities, and high schools to raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. “UMaine’s BearFest Dance Marathon for the Kids is the only one of its kind in Maine,” explains Kelly Pearson, director, EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “In its first year, students raised $30,000. Last year, they raised more than $47,000. This year, the sky is the limit.”
“There’s no other event like this at UMaine that brings students from all walks of campus together to benefit our community,” notes Theo Koboski, UMaine BearFest 2014 co-chair. “Thousands of dollars are being raised to help kids and their families in our own backyard, and it’s the students who are making it happen,” adds co-chair Jamie Steven.
Today, Thursday, January 30, there are two great opportunities for community members to support the students’ efforts.
Pizzeria Uno in Bangor is hosting a Dough Rai$er fundraiser throughout the day. They’ll donate 20 percent of each bill to UMaine BearFest for customers who present a voucher.
Sweet Frog in Bangor will host Spirit Night tonight from 5 to 9 pm. UMaine BearFest will receive 20 percent of patrons’ totals who present a voucher or who let them know they are supporting the event.
To receive vouchers for Pizzeria Uno and Sweet Frog, please call EMHS Foundation at 207.973.5055.
For more information about UMaine BearFest Dance Marathon for the Kids or to make a general donation to the event, please visit www.emhsfoundation.org.