Come to the Greatest Party on Earth For The Kids! Vanderbilt University Dance Marathon is under the bigtop this year and welcomes you to join the party. For the past ten years Dance Marathon has raised funds and awareness for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a nationally-ranked Children's Miracle Network Hospital, and had donated over $1.1 million to the kids.
Come celebrate our 11th year in the Student Life Center on February 2nd from 11am - 12:06 am. Registration is at 10 am in the SLC Lobby. The 13.1-hour event, which is supported by over 50 student and Greek organizations, will be attended by over a thousand Vanderbilt Students and Dance Marathon's Miracle Children. Miracle Children are children whose lives have been touched by Children's Hospital. Come play games, do crafts, and dance the day away with the Miracle Children as you hear their inspiring stories of hope and dedication.
Dance Marathon isn't just dancing, however, get ready for the Morale Dance! Also, bring your best costumes because we have great Theme Hours this year, including Circus, Western, Decades, Superhero, Disney, Jungle, and America. Additionally, you can compete in relay events each Theme Hour as you vie for ultimate bragging rights and giveaways. Finally, prepare yourself for a DIY photo booth. Practice your poses and line up a photographer as we will provide costumes and you will take your own photos. If you want to just hang out and be entertained, no fear, this year features incredible performers and entertainment on the stage in the SLC Ballroom including Vanderbilt's own Melodores, a high-energy Zumba lesson, and the Chris Winward Band (http://chriswinward.com/Welcome.html).
Getting hungry? With your $20 registration fee (which also includes two t-shirts and entrance to the event) you will be able to indulge in our all-you-can-eat-meals featuring Qdoba, McDougals, Chick-fil-a, and Krispy Kreme. New this year is a Cupcake Cake Walk; dance around to music in hopes of winning delicious cupcakes. Next, the Dance Marathon Online Silent Auction is better than ever! It begins January 30th and continues until 10pm the night of the event. Items available for bidding include Southwest airline tickets, power tools, autographed merchandise, hotel packages, giftcards to Vanderbilt's favorite stores and restaurants, and more. To access the silent auction, see what other items you can bid on, and to help raise even more money for Children's Hospital follow this link: 32auctions.com/dancemarathon2013. If you don't feel like bidding, but want to go shopping anyways; Bling by the Yard (http://www.blingbytheyard.com/) will be selling jewelry at the event, which is perfect for gifts, especially with Big/Little season or Valentines Day coming up. If you are just looking for some free giveaways, 47 Brand (http://www.47brand.com/) will be offering items throughout the event.
Come spend your Saturday with Dance Marathon to celebrate our successes and year of fundraising efforts! Incidentally, the fundraising continues throughout the event, featuring a pie-in-the-face auction. Come bid to throw pies at your favorite Vanderbilt celebrities including Kristin Shorter, Kerrie Turney, IFC presidents, and other guests! All donations and fundraising efforts are appreciated, however, be one of the top Dance Marathon fundraisers and receive one of the following prizes:
Top Sorority: private shopping experience at a popular Nashville boutique
Top Fraternity: indestructible speakers (with radio)
Top Commons House: passes for Go-Karting fun
Top Individual: 1 Sport Seasons Gift Card worth $20, '47 Brand Giftcard worth $50, Moe's giftcard worth $25, Old Spaghetti Factory worth $25
Second Place Individual: 2 Frist Passes worth $20, Beaman Auto Oil Change worth $30, Chuy's Dinner for Two worth $30
Third Place Individual: 1 Sport Seasons Gift Card worth $20, 2 Frist Passes worth $20
Top Ten Individuals: access to the VIP room at the event. You will have an opportunity to interact with families and Miracle Children on a more personal level, there will be places for you to rest your feet and sit (everyone else must stand the entire time), your name will be announced live at the event, and you will be provided an exclusive meal.
Finally, stay for our closing ceremony as we wrap up the fundraising year, thank our participants, honor our Miracle Children, and reveal the total amount raised!
Don't miss out on the biggest party of the year. Dance Marathon looks forward to seeing you on February 2nd, doors open at 10am, in the SLC to celebrate the largest philanthropic effort on Vanderbilt's campus. It's For The Kids!