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2010.10.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Nov. 20 Dance Marathon to Support Local AIDS Organizations

Omaha - Hundreds of area high school and college students will dance for much of the evening and through the overnight hours on Saturday, Nov. 20, to increase awareness and raise money to fight HIV and AIDS locally and globally.

The World AIDS Day dance marathon runs from 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, in the Milo Bail Student Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The fundraiser, organized by the UNO Service-Learning Academy, is open to local high school and college students. Visit www.unomaha.edu/serve to register; online registration is required for participation.

Tickets are $20 per person, which includes a T-shirt, food, activities and live music. Of the $20 collected per person, $15 will be donated to Camp Kindle and the Nebraska AIDS Project.

“The World AIDS Day dance marathon is another extension of what we are doing to address a serious issue in the community,” said Kathe Olsen-Lyons of the UNO Service-Learning Academy.

The event is designed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, and to support Project Kindle and the Nebraska AIDS Project, said student organizer Andrea Hansen.

Students are encouraged to assemble teams to raise money, and pizes will be given to the teams that raise the most money.

Entertainment will include competing in a hula hoop contest, a root beer pong tournament, and various relay races. Live music will be provided by local artists Rock Paper Dynamite, A Summer is Better Than Yours and Backer’s Blues.

Participants can also bring money to keep school administrators and faculty “locked in jail” while they attempt to raise money to be released.

The Nov. 20 dance marathon is a prelude to local World AIDS Day events on Wednesday, Dec. 1, when UNO hosts a health fair and HIV/AIDS panel discussion in the Milo Bail Student Center, followed by a 5 p.m. candlelight vigil along Dodge Street near the UNO campus.

Call (402) 554-2762 for more information.

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