UCR Students to Dance the Night Away in Marathon Fundraiser

Dance Marathon on Feb. 25 will benefit Guardian Scholars Program, which supports students emancipated from foster care

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Some of UC Riverside’s best dancers will be showing off their moves while raising funds to support the UCR Guardian Scholars Program at the inaugural UCR Dance Marathon on February 25 at 6 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

The six-hour fundraising event is co-sponsored by the UCR Student Alumni Association, the Golden Key International Honour Society – Riverside, and the UCR Alumni Association and all proceeds benefit the Guardian Scholars Program, which provides financial support to students who have been emancipated from the foster care program.

Kristin Seiler, director of student relations in the Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations, said that the Dance Marathon is different than those of the 1950’s and 60’s where contestants had to continue dancing for hours on end, with the last couple standing being declared the winner.

“It will be a six-hour celebration. We’ll have different genres of music, activities, contests, dance performance, and other things going on,” said Derek Roberts, a fourth-year psychology and law and society major and executive director of morale for the event “It won’t be that you are dancing the whole time, but there will be something going on.”

Roberts added that prizes will be given out to teams with the best themed costumes based on school spirit. The teams and individuals that raise the most money will also be recognized.

“Dance marathons are great philanthropy for a great cause,” he said. “It is going to be a lot of fun. It’s not just about money, it’s about the charity.”

To attend the event, students are being asked to raise a minimum of $25 by February 15. While they could pay the entry fee out of their own pockets, Seiler said the goal is to encourage philanthropy among undergraduate students and promote awareness of the Guardian Scholars program.

UCR students dancing at the Student Recreation Center

The dance marathon is a fundraiser for the UCR Guardian Scholars Program.

To that end, organizers have teamed with CrowdRise to create a website where participants can sign up and ask friends and family to make a tax-deductable donation online. Donors can also make contributions anonymously.

“If you just get five family members to donate five dollars, then you are good,” Roberts said.

Organizers have been promoting the event across the campus, even using a flash mob in a class in early December and another outside the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in early February. Roberts said that students, staff and faculty should “keep their eyes open” for additional flash mobs as the event grows closer.

The Guardian Scholars Program assists students who were in foster care before coming to UC Riverside. It provides students with financial aid assistance and counseling, year-round on-campus housing, academic and professional mentoring, health and counseling services, peer mentoring and student programming, admission and enrollment assistance, employment assistance and career counseling and emergency funds.

Dance Marathon Classroom Flash Mob Video

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