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W&L Dance Marathon Ready to Support Kids The event will benefit Carilion Children’s Hospital in Roanoke.

Members of the W&L Dance Marathon organizing team show that they are doing it “For the Kids!”

By Adit Ahmed
@wluLex

Take a quick search through #dancemarathon on Instagram and you will see hundreds of photos of students from all over the country dancing to support children in local hospitals. This weekend, that magic will be here at W&L for the first time.

The Washington and Lee Dance Marathon is coming up on Saturday, November 11 from 1-4 p.m. at Evans Dining Hall.

On Saturday afternoon, students will be able to dance away to the tunes of DJ Angel Vela. There will also be dance performances from Klazics and Dance Company, as well as an a cappella performance by General Admission.

The event will benefit the Carilion Children’s Hospital in Roanoke. This event is affiliated with the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, a series of events all over the country that are held to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All funds raised at Dance Marathon events go towards supporting children at local hospitals.

W&L’s Dance Marathon was founded by Sara Vozeolas. When visiting her sister at the hospital, Vozeolas was upset by the number of children she saw in the hospital, and decided to do something about it, working to bring Dance Marathon to W&L.

“When I looked at W&L and the things that I could be involved in, I didn’t really see anything that was similar,” Vozeolas said in an interview in 2016, “so I then reached out to some Dance Marathon coordinators.”

Grace Schwartzstein, who is a member of the Dance Marathon executive team, says that her love for kids motivated her to help organize the event.

“I decided to get involved because I love kids. I’ve been camp counselor for seven years, and I just like to help kids in general,” Schwartzstein said. “Kids just shouldn’t be in the hospital, so anything that we can do to help, we’re happy to do.”

You can register for the event here. To sign up, you can join a team, or start one of your own. Even if you don’t sign up, you can donate to your friends and their team as they work towards their fundraising goals.

To keep up with Dance Marathon, like their Facebook page, follow them on Instagram, and be sure to head to Evans Dining Hall this Saturday!