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Art Auction Supports "Dance Marathon"

Posted February 21, 2001

HOLLAND -- An art auction organized by students at Hope College is designed to support the second annual "Dance Marathon" fund-raiser on behalf of local children.

The auction will be held at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with bidding beginning at 7:30 p.m. The auction will feature child-centered art, including works by children assisted by DeVos Children's Hospital and by a variety of artists from across the country.

The auction is described as "semi-formal." A $5 donation will be appreciated.

The Dance Marathon itself is a 24-hour marathon of non-stop dancing organized by Hope students to raise funds for DeVos Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network, and will run Friday-Saturday, March 9-10. The participants will include Hope students as well as members of the college's faculty and staff. Some 75 students danced last year, and at least as many participants are anticipated for this year's Dance Marathon.

The student organizers have been preparing for the event since the fall semester. Last year, Hope's Dance Marathon raised $23,328, nearly five times more than the amount raised by any other liberal arts school of Hope's size in a school's first year sponsoring one of the events, according to Children's Miracle Network.

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