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UCI Care-a-thon encourages students to get up and dance for a cause

Proceeds from the six-hour dance marathon will benefit the UCI Medical Center’s NICU

By Elaine MurphyPublished: February 22, 2012 12:05 PM

On Feb. 23, UC Irvine students will flaunt their best dance moves and test their stamina as they dance the night away at the fifth annual Care-a-thon, a fundraiser in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the UCI Medical Center.

The six-hour dance marathon will run from 6 p.m. to midnight at the UCI Student Center. Participants – including students, alumni, faculty and staff – must raise a donation of at least $25 for admission.

Free food, dance crews and DJs will sustain the dancers’ energy, while games, a photo booth, a henna artist and a raffle will add to the fun spirit of the event.

Event organizers have already raised $5,000 through ucicareathon.org, and aim to raise at least $15,000 to benefit the NICU, which cares for critically ill newborns. Last year’s event attracted 400 dancers and raised $20,000.

Care-a-thon is organized by the Student Alumni Association and is part of UCImpact, a UCI Alumni Association program that encourages philanthropy and community involvement.

"We encourage our students to be involved while they attend UCI with the goal of helping to build altruistic citizens who are engaged with their community for the rest of their lives," said Jorge Ancona, assistant vice chancellor of alumni relations.

"UCI Care-a-thon is fun, and it reminds us to be thankful for our health as we do our best to help the babies in the NICU," said Aaron Levin, a business major and the executive vice president of the event’s planning committee. “With each dance move, we provide the prospect of life for babies in need."

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