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Lafayette’s Pi Beta Phi sorority and Kappa Delta Rho fraternity will host the 23rd Annual Dance Marathon in Farinon College Center 7 p.m. Friday, April 12 through 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

All money raised will go to the Spring Garden Children’s Center, the 9/11 Children’s Fund, and the Children’s Home of Easton.

The event is co-chaired by Liz Matthews, a senior economics and business major and healthcare minor from Windsor, Conn., and Cliff Michaels, a senior neuroscience major from Easton, Pa., who started planning and collecting donations in February. Money has been donated by companies such as Coca-Cola and local businesses and restaurants, faculty and alumni, and five Lafayette sororities. In addition, food was donated by several restaurants, including Wendy’s, the Olive Garden, and Campus Pizza.

The schedule of events is as follows:
Friday, 7-8:30 p.m. — Performance by Lafayette’s a cappella groups, Cadence and The Corduroys
Friday, 9:30-11 p.m. — Performance by student cover band “Not Today”
Friday, 11 p.m.-Saturday, 12:30 a.m. — Performance by a Lehigh University band
Saturday, 12:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. — Lafayette students guest DJ
Saturday, 3-7 p.m. — Lip-synch contest featuring Lafayette sororities and fraternities

After being involved in Dance Marathon her sophomore year, Matthews became interested in organizing the event because of the amount of participation it draws, as well as its contribution to the community.

“Dance Marathon is one of the largest and long-standing philanthropic events hosted by any fraternity or sorority at Lafayette,” says Matthews. “So far we have raised about $6,000 and the number is still increasing. It is great way for us to not only give to the community, but to provide a link between Lafayette and the community.”

Matthews is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and studied abroad in London her junior year.

Michaels is a member of the Psi Chi psychology honor society, Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, the Student Alumni Association, CORRE, and the Experience Lafayette committee. He is chair of the senior class fund drive and has been one of the Real Men of Lafayette and a student representative of the Faculty Committee on Academic Progress.

Dance Marathon’s Lip-synch contest is open to the public. For further questions or donations, contact Matthews at 610-330-4668.

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