The DeSales University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, will be holding the University’s first-ever Dance-a-Thon on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, to raise money for the Covenant House of Pennsylvania, which benefits homeless children. The fundraiser is open to the public and will be held from 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, to 7:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5, in McShea Commons. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the dancing competition will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Registration at the door costs $12.00 and includes a number to dance as a competitor or $5.00 to attend as a non-competitor. Attendees may compete in the Dance-a-Thon as individuals or in pairs, and the last competitor dancing will win $200. A variety of music from the past and present will be played throughout the night, including a selection of Michael Jackson songs and the Cha-Cha Slide. Appropriate dancing of any kind is encouraged.
The event will begin with a performance by student band, That’s What She Said. During the event, a raffle of assorted donated prizes from local businesses will take place. Raffle tickets cost $.50 each or five for $2.00. Various contests and games will also take place, such as Dance Dance Revolution. Additionally, the DeSales Ballroom Club will be giving short lessons throughout the event. Finger food donated by TGI Fridays will be provided.
Money raised at the Dance-a-Thon will be donated to the Covenant House of Pennsylvania, which will be using the money to aid homeless children and teenagers up to the age of 21. The Covenant House offers many services to help meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth, including a crisis center, street and van outreach, independent living programs, a community outreach center and community service. To learn more about the Covenant House, visit www.covenanthousepa.org.
Alpha Phi Omega has a goal to raise at least $3,000 at the Dance-a-Thon. Chelsea Kliment ’12, member of Alpha Phi Omega and co-chair of the Dance-a-Thon, hopes over 300 students will attend the event. “With more people who attend, more awareness of homeless adolescence will be understood, and more money will be raised for the Covenant House of Pennsylvania,” Kliment said.
Alpha Phi Omega is a national, co-ed service fraternity, whose mission is to provide service to the campus, nation, community, and chapter while building friendship. The DeSales chapter was inspired to plan the Dance-a-Thon by the success of Penn State University’s two-day dance marathon, THON, which raises money for children’s cancer research. “Although Penn State is a larger school, we are still confident that we can raise a significant amount of money for the Covenant House,” Kliment said.
For more information on the Dance-a-Thon, please contact co-chair Chelsea Kliment ’12 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release: Alpha Phi Omega to Hold First-Ever DeSales Dance-a-Thon, Dec. 4 and 5 | Posted on: 12/2/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu