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Annual Dance Marathon to Benefit Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Jan. 31-Feb. 1


For the fourth consecutive year, Columbia University is presents a 28-hour Dance Marathon to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The Dance Marathon will take place in the Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall on Saturday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 1.


More than 100 dancers are participating, representing a variety of organizations including Barnard College , the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia College , the School of General Studies , Jewish Theological Seminary, Teachers College, and Columbia Business School . Dancers pledge to remain on their feet for 28 consecutive hours, participating in theme hours, such as “80s Hour” and “Family Hour.” The dancers also participate in various activities ranging from carnival games to ballroom dancing. In addition, dancers are visited by celebrities. In the past Scott Wolf, Cynthia Nixon, and Caroline Rae have come out to support the marathon. More than 3,000 volunteers from throughout the university will come to cheer on the dancers, and several families with children who benefit from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation will be in attendance.

Columbia 's 2003 Dance Marathon was the most successful college Dance Marathon in the country, raising $100,000. Through the years, the Dance Marathon has become Columbia University 's largest student-run event. In order to participate, each dancer must raise a minimum of $500. With the support of Continental Airlines, Kinkos, Naked Juice, Kaplan, Comedy Central, and Budweisser, among others, the 2004 marathon should be another success.

Click for more information about the Columbia University Dance Marathon or to make a donation via Paypal.

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the leading worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying, funding, and conducting pediatric HIV/AIDS research as well as promoting global education, awareness, and compassion about HIV/AIDS in children. In addition, the Foundation is committed to working on other serious and life-threatening diseases facing children through the Glaser Pediatric Research Network.

Since its inception in 1988, the Foundation has raised more than $120 million to ensure that children are at the forefront of every scientific breakthrough.

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Published: Jan 29, 2004
Last modified: Apr 26, 2004

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