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Shakin’ it for the scholarships

Dance the night away while supporting a worthy cause

December 12, 2010
Messenger News

What better way to raise funds for a great cause than dance the night away?

Mark your calendars for Jan, 28 (a Friday). Beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until 7 a.m. the next morning, everyone from high school students to senior citizens can participate in the first Dancing through the Decades Dance Marathon. Participants will be raising money to benefit Iowa Central students and Friendship Haven seniors with scholarship funds. Dancing will take place in Iowa Central's Career Education Building, which is located on the south end of the Iowa Central campus.

"Can't Dance?" Don't worry - if you can be on your feet and move - you will have a great time. There's a lot more to a dance marathon than just dancing, and no one cares what you kind of moves you have because everyone is there for the cause.

Providing the music for the night will be a local DJ, Dean Vinchattle. Rumor has it that not only will "Michael Jackson" be making an appearance, but local celebrities will be there as well to perform the "Evolution of Dance." Other appearances, live entertainment and give-aways are planned throughout the evening also. And of course food and beverages will be available during the 12-hour event.

Join us: Register by Dec. 17 (must be at least 14 years of age). Registration is $15 to hold your place to dance. Just stop in at Hy-Vee anytime (at the customer service counter) or register while we're there on Dec. 15 between the hours of 4:30 and 7 p.m. If you prefer, you can register online at

Before the big event we request that all dancers try and raise $100 in donations. For example, we have made it so easy for dancers to do letter writing campaign. The committee has a sample letter online that requesting a donation of $1 or $2 or for each hour you are dancing. Send it to your friends and family- if 10 people give you $12 you have $120. The more you raise the more incentives and prizes you are eligible for.

So grab your friends and family, and show your community support. You will be helping lots of kids who can benefit from the scholarships at Iowa Central as well as grandmas and grandpas living at Friendship Haven. You might not know that every year the Iowa Central Foundation awards nearly $200,000 in scholarships to deserving students. Not only that, but Friendship Haven provides approximately $750,000 annually in charitable and benevolent care to senior citizens living there who can't afford to make their full payments.

We're dancing to give students and seniors an opportunity for tomorrow and we hope you will join us.

If you have any questions, please contact the 2011 Dance Marathon Committee at Or contact Jennifer Crimmins at 573-6705.

Dancing through the Decades - The Fort Dodge Senior High dance captains are Marisa Gibson, Macy Hood, Hannah Minion, Lynne Nissen, Haley Rustvold, and Krista Thompson. The St. Edmond dance captains are Jenny Kersten, Mallory Kesterson and Taryn O'Tool. The Iowa Central Community College dance captains are Megan Averill, Liz Crimmins and Cameron Nelson.



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