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FAU to Host Dance Marathon Fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 5, 2014)   –  Florida Atlantic University  will host the second annual Dance Marathon, a fundraising event to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, on Saturday, March 22 from noon to 10 p.m. in the FAU Arena, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The goal of the event is to raise $10,000, all of which will go directly to benefit children being treated at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville.

“There is a great need to support children in any capacity possible, and the students at FAU are demonstrating their strong commitment to giving back by hosting their second Dance Marathon,” said Nori Carter, director of the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service and advisor to the Dance Marathon Club. “We had a strong start last year on FAU’s Jupiter campus, and we look forward to hosting an equally successful event this year on the Boca campus. Our students are passionate about bringing awareness to, and raising funds for, the children served by a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.”

Only registered FAU students may participate in the marathon, although anyone can donate to the cause. Participants will receive lunch, dinner, snacks and a T-shirt. The Dance Marathon itself will consist of special events, music, dancing, and guest speakers. Friends and family members of dancers will be permitted to visit the participants during the event and are encouraged to donate to the cause as well.

Registrations and donations can be made online at All participants must register by Friday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.;  registration is $20 through Monday, March 17 and $30 thereafter. Donations will be accepted until Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.   There are more than 140 participants signed up; the goal is to have at least 400 registered dancers.

The Children’s Miracle Network, launched in 1983, has helped raise almost $5 billion for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. The money is used to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated medical expenses. Dance Marathon is one of the charity’s major fundraising initiatives. It is a nationwide movement of college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country; last year, college dance marathons raised more than $8 million.

For more information, contact Nori Carter at 561-297-3607 or .


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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