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UM offers ‘super star’ opportunity for children at Le Bonheur

Students at Ole Miss are preparing for the first Dance Marathon to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital at Le Bonheur Children’s Hopsital in Memphis.

The University of Mississippi will host its first Dance Marathon for the Children’s Miracle Network in the spring of 2013.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide philanthropy movement on college and high school campuses to raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Proceeds from Ole Miss’ Dance Marathon, called Rebel THON, will go to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Martina Cotelo, senior director of fundraising for Rebel THON, heard about Dance Marathon from an Ole Miss graduate while in Washington, D.C.

“Martina reached out to me and got me involved, and together we began this organization,” Adam Stanford, senior co-president of Rebel THON, said.

The fundraiser consists of more than just the actual dance marathon, Carson Otter, junior co-president of Rebel THON, said.

“There are going to be fundraising events that we will be putting on throughout the year leading up to it.”
Stanford and Otter hope everyone on campus gets involved with Rebel THON.

“At the actual event, we’re thinking about splitting all the groups up into different color groups,” Stanford said. “Maybe your sorority will be teamed with Deaton Hall teamed with Students for a Green Campus. We’re trying to break the boundaries of organizations.”

Stanford, Otter and committee chairs of Rebel THON are in the early stages of fundraising on campus. Ideas include a 5K, car wash, bake sale and asking for donations in the Grove, Stanford said.

The group aims to have the website online this week, and organizations, and individuals can donate directly to Rebel THON as well.

Rebel THON will be held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, April 5, at the Powerhouse. Otter said the name “Dance Marathon” is somewhat misleading, since there is not really going to be much dancing.

“It could range from 12 to 48 hours of nonstop standing and activities,” he said. “The big thing about Dance Marathon is the kids. They’re super stars for that day.”

Students who want to serve on any of the committees can directly email RebelTHONFamilyRelations@gmail.com. Students can also follow Rebel THON on Twitter or Facebook.