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ANN ARBOR: U of M Dance Marathon prepares for benefit gala at Cobblestone Farms

Volunteers with Dance Marathon are asking area residents to put on their dancing shoes for a good cause.

Dance Marathon is a student-run organization at the University of Michigan that specializes in raising funds for rehabilitation programs for children with disabilities, specifically Mott Children's Hospital and Beaumont.

More than 1,000 student participate annually in Dance Marathon and since its founding, some $3 million has been raised by the organization.

"Last year, we raised $426,000 for pediatric rehabilitation programs," said Mandi Koons, public relations coordinator for community outreach.

"Throughout the year, we try to think of new and creative ways to continue meeting and exceeding that goal."

On Feb. 11, Dance Marathon will host a benefit gala called Night to Make a Difference. It will feature a strolling buffet with dinner provided by Café Zola, Seva and Palio, as well as live entertainment and speakers from C.S. Mott Children's and Beaumont hospitals.

"The event is aiming to bring together the beneficiaries of our organization, along with the community, in an environment that allows us to talk about their involvement and to also learn more about the organization," said Koons.

"We're completely student run and we're trying to broaden our presence in the Ann Arbor community. And these events are a great way to include the community where they can find out new ways to get involved."

The gala will take place 8 p.m. at Cobblestone Farms, 2781 Packard Road, in Ann Arbor. The cost of attendance is $65, with more than half being donated directly to the cause.

Tickets are available online by visiting the Dance Marathon website and are available until the day of the event. Continued...

For more information about Dance Marathon and upcoming events, visit www.dmum.org.

Staff Writer Jodie Mason can be reached at 429-7380 or JMason@heritage.com.
Volunteers with Dance Marathon are asking area residents to put on their dancing shoes for a good cause.

Dance Marathon is a student-run organization at the University of Michigan that specializes in raising funds for rehabilitation programs for children with disabilities, specifically Mott Children's Hospital and Beaumont.

More than 1,000 student participate annually in Dance Marathon and since its founding, some $3 million has been raised by the organization.

"Last year, we raised $426,000 for pediatric rehabilitation programs," said Mandi Koons, public relations coordinator for community outreach.

"Throughout the year, we try to think of new and creative ways to continue meeting and exceeding that goal."

On Feb. 11, Dance Marathon will host a benefit gala called Night to Make a Difference. It will feature a strolling buffet with dinner provided by Café Zola, Seva and Palio, as well as live entertainment and speakers from C.S. Mott Children's and Beaumont hospitals.

"The event is aiming to bring together the beneficiaries of our organization, along with the community, in an environment that allows us to talk about their involvement and to also learn more about the organization," said Koons.

"We're completely student run and we're trying to broaden our presence in the Ann Arbor community. And these events are a great way to include the community where they can find out new ways to get involved."

The gala will take place 8 p.m. at Cobblestone Farms, 2781 Packard Road, in Ann Arbor. The cost of attendance is $65, with more than half being donated directly to the cause.

Tickets are available online by visiting the Dance Marathon website and are available until the day of the event.

For more information about Dance Marathon and upcoming events, visit www.dmum.org.

Staff Writer Jodie Mason can be reached at 429-7380 or JMason@heritage.com.

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