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Middle school dance marathon, fundraiser planned at PNC Arena

Posted October 7, 2012

Since 2005, a student group from Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School has organized a dance marathon for middle schoolers that has raised more than $90,000 for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital.

This year, the event, now called the Triangle Dance Marathon, is moving to a much bigger space - the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Organizers hope the move will increase participation and fundraising. It's set for Sunday, Nov. 4.

All Triangle area middle school students are invited to participate. Students can register at www.triangledancemarathon.com and create a personal fundraising page to share with family and friends. All participants must raise a minimum of $40 for admission, and will receive a T-shirt, two meals, two snacks and three beverages during the event.

Students who raise $75 also will get event-themed memorabilia. Students who raise $100 will be eligible to win additional prizes such as gift cards from Target, iTunes and PNC Arena.

Entertainment includes a laser light and sound display, local youth bands and comedians from ComedyWorx. There will be a photo booth, bungee run, basketball hoop and other games for participants.

Also part of the program: Local anti-bullying group organizer, Brenda Jackson, will encourage students to sign an anti-bullying pledge. Jackson is founder of School Key Consulting and collaborates with students, parents, educators and the community to address issues within schools.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., Nov. 4. Doors open at noon. Students are encouraged to get there early. Dancing beings at 1 p.m. The event ends at 7 p.m. PNC Arena staff and the Raleigh Police Department will be there for safety and security. Designated chaperones will be on the dance floor. Parents can watch from a designated area.

The event is organized by the Wake Forest Rotary Foundation in partnership with PNC Arena, YMCA of the Triangle, the Wake County Public School System and the Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School Social-Organization and Service Club.

 

 

RALEIGH, NC – The Wake Forest Rotary Foundation today announced the Triangle Dance Marathon will take place at PNC Arena on Sunday, Nov. 4. The Rotary Foundation, in partnership with PNC Arena, YMCA of the Triangle, Wake County Public School System and the Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School Social-Organization and Service Club (WF-RMS SOS) will host the dance marathon to benefit North Carolina Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital.

“The Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School SOS Club has organized the Dance Marathon since 2005 and have raised more than $90,000,” said Michael Meyer, Dance Marathon Chairperson and SOS Adviser. “We are excited to host the first Triangle Dance Marathon at PNC Arena in an effort to increase our participation and fundraising goals.”

All Triangle area middle school students are invited to participate in the dance marathon. Students can register at www.triangledancemarathon.com and create a personal fundraising page to share with family and friends. All participants are required to raise a minimum of $40 for admission, and will receive a T-shirt, two meals, two snacks and three beverages during the event. Students who raise $75 will also receive complimentary event themed memorabilia. Students who raise $100 will be eligible to win additional prizes like gift cards from Target, iTunes and PNC Arena.

Entertainment will include a laser light and sound display, local youth bands and comedians from ComedyWorx. The event will also feature a photo booth, bungee run, basketball hoop and other games for participants to enjoy during the marathon.

Local anti-bullying group organizer, Brenda Jackson, will be on hand to encourage students to sign an anti-bullying pledge. As the founder of School Key Consulting, Jackson collaborates with students, parents, educators and the community to address issues within schools.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and doors open at Noon. Dancing will begin at 1 p.m. and the event will end at 7 p.m. PNC Arena staff and the Raleigh Police Department will be on hand for safety and security. Designated chaperones will be on the dance floor. Parents who would like to observe the event will be permitted to do so in a designated area.

For more information visit www.triangledancemarathon.com or contact Michael Meyer at dance@wfsosclub.com.

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