A “silent auction” coordinated by Dance Marathon of Hope College has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, as part of the student organization’s effort to raise support for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The February 4 event will take place at JP’s Coffee and Espresso Bar in downtown Holland, with participants able to stop in and place bids between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.  The silent auction will include donations from several downtown establishments as well as the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Detroit Red Wings.

The Hope College Dance Marathon, which will be held in March, is a philanthropic event that benefits the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is West Michigan’s largest children’s hospital, and is located in a new 212-bed, 440,000-square-foot facility that opened in January 2011.  Serving children and families throughout a 37-county region, the hospital includes nearly 200 pediatric specialty physicians uniquely skilled in providing medical and surgical care to children in more than 50 pediatric specialties. The hospital cares for more than 7,600 inpatients and 190,000 outpatients annually.

In order to help support the vast number of ailing children that visit the hospital each year, all proceeds from the marathon will go directly towards the funding of special programs that are designed to make the young patients’ visits to the hospital more bearable while also helping the families of the children to deal with their illnesses.

Since beginning in 2000, Dance Marathon has raised more than $910,000 for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

JP’s Coffee and Espresso Bar is located at 57 E. Eighth St. in Holland.