OMAHA – University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) student body president and a University of Nebraska regent are preparing to go bald to support sick children and their families.
If UNO students can raise at least $3,000 through the month of February, UNO Student Body President Patrick Davlin and NU Regent Tim Clare will have their heads shaved by UNO Chancellor John Christensen at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1.
The effort was launched last week to support the UNO Dance Marathon, which is raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network to support families and patients at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
“While it may have taken some convincing, I couldn’t think of a better reason to get a much shorter haircut than I am used to,” Davlin said. “If I am able to help support these families in need, then it will all be worth it.”
The UNO Dance Marathon is a student-led effort that launched last August and has a goal of raising $60,000 through donations, sponsorships and participant registration for a 12-hour session of dancing that will take place on Saturday, April 1, at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.
Miracle Network Dance Marathons began in 1991 and have raised more than $150 million in support for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. This is the first year that UNO has hosted a Dance Marathon event.
"I think being able to be surrounded by people who all just want to give kids a chance to be kids again will be an amazing experience for our students and for our community,” said Nick Rieschl, UNO junior and Dance Marathon president. “This is an event filled with compassion, energy and emotion and I can't wait to bring it to UNO."
March 1, which marks one month out from the UNO Dance Marathon, will also feature “Clothing for a Cause,” where members of the UNO and Omaha communities can come to campus and purchase UNO-branded clothing for a fraction of the price, with all proceeds going to support the UNO Dance Marathon and Children’s Miracle Network.
The theme for the UNO Dance Marathon is “Dancing Through the Decades” and music styles from swing to disco to dubstep will help hundreds of participants keep their feet moving from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on April 1.
Members of the community are encouraged to donate or register at any point between now and April 1 at the UNO Dance Marathon website, which can be found at www.unomaha.edu/student-life/involvement/dance-marathon.
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