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Students Dance the Night Away for Childrens Hospital, Navicent Health

Georgia College & State University Hosts 11th Annual Dance Marathon

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (Saturday, March 28, 2015) - This Saturday, March 28, Georgia College and State University (GC&SU) will host its 11th Annual Dance Marathon from noon until midnight in the school's Centennial Center. The annual event raises funds for Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital (CHNH), a Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

This year, more than 500 students have registered to attend, and set a goal of raising $65,000. Proceeds from the event will help fund enhancements within CHNH's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"Campuses across the nation are participating in this event and will raise thousands of dollars for Children's Miracle Network hospitals in their local communities. We are grateful to the students at Georgia College & State University for contributing their time and their talent to support the efforts of Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital," said Kathy Tolbert, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Coordinator for CHNH and Development Officer for Medcen Community Health Foundation, Atrium Health Navicent .

Dance Marathon blends dancing and music with games and a variety of entertainment, as well as refreshments. Participants must raise a minimum of $55 to attend the event and will remain standing for its entirety in order to show empathy for children in the hospitals who are battling illnesses. Just like the child patients cannot give up, neither can the dancers. Participants get the chance to interact with CHNH's Miracle Children throughout the event, and hear firsthand the impact they have made on the lives of these children and their families. "Dance Marathon is a celebration of the lives of our children and their families, and a wonderful opportunity to share their victories with our community," said Jack Schwartz, Chief Development Officer for Medcen Community Health Foundation.

Over the past decade, GC&SU has raised more than $270,000 for CHNH.