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24 hours in a day; 12 hours to save a life. The annual Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon is happening on November 21 and we invite faculty and staff to join us in making miracles happen.

Each year, the student-run Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon brings members of the community together to dance for those who can’t and raise money for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (MFCH) at Westchester Medical Center.

At last year’s dance marathon, $30,016.73 was raised to support the 20,000 children that walk through the hospital’s doors looking for hope. Back for its third year, P4K has upped its goal to $35,000, and they need the support of the entire Pace Community to make it happen on November 21–22 from 3:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. in the Kessel Student Center on the Westchester Campus.

For 12 hours, dancers will participate in a group morale dance each hour (watch video of last year’s dance), along with fan-favorites, like the cha-cha, electric slide, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to watch you whip, watch you nae nae.

But dancing isn’t required. There are various ways Pace faculty and staff can get involved:

VOLUNTEER—P4K is looking for volunteers to help make the dance marathon a success. Shifts are three hours and can be taken as early as Friday, November 20, from 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday for day-of-event duties. To volunteer, fill out a volunteer application on OrgSync or download a PDF. For questions, contact P4K Logistics Director Christina Basso at cb22905p@pace.edu.

DONATE FOOD—If you can’t be there, maybe you can bake some of your mom’s delicious cookies or pick up some donuts to keep the dancers, patients, and their families going for 12 hours. Food donations are accepted and can be dropped off on Friday, November 20, or the day of the event. For more information, fill out a food donation interest form on OrgSync or download a PDF. For questions, contact P4K Logistics Director Christina Basso at cb22905p@pace.edu.

JOIN A TEAM—It’s not mandatory that you dance or attend the event to be part of this movement. Join our faculty and staff team, make a $10 donation, and share the link with friends and family and on your social media pages. We will not be dancing, just showing support for our students and the children of MFCH.

ATTEND THE EVENT—If you want to stop by, bring your families and children. P4K is kid-friendly, with several patients attending, and various interactive activities including Pin the Cape on the Superhero, karaoke, photo booth, and performances by the Pace Cheerleading Squad, Pace Dance Team, 808s, NALFO, Orientation Leaders, and a competitive dance school from New Jersey. Plus, a silent auction, where raffle tickets can be purchased for various items such as gift certificates, and live auctions, run by current and past patients at the hospital, which will include t-shirts with their artwork, and much more.

Some departments are already involved and will continue to support P4K and MFCH.

“P4K is a very important cause for our department,” says Residential Life’s Assistant Director of Community Development Vinnie Birkenmeyer, whose department has a team, along with residence directors like Samantha Bassford and Joyce Arias, who also serve on the P4K planning board.

“Last year we took our entire RA staff to the hospital to help for about four hours on a fundraising campaign to benefit the Children’s Hospital,” adds Birkenmeyer. “I am participating in P4K as are many of our staff members because it is exactly what I think service should be—rewarding for those we are raising awareness/funds for, a learning experience for all who attend, and fun!”

So let’s do this together. We invite (and encourage) you to join our faculty and staff team Pace Staff and Faculty FTK in raising $1,000 to support our Pace students and the children who are receiving life-saving treatment at MFCH. Together, we can make miracles happen.