First Roanoke College Noke-A-Thon a success

by rcnewsblog on November 13, 2013

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On Oct. 5, Roanoke College hosted its first Noke-A-Thon, a seven-hour dance marathon that raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network, which includes Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital in Roanoke.

Roanoke raised $8,500, which exceeded its $8,000 goal. Student organizers already are making plans for next year’s marathon dance event.

Dance marathons are held throughout the country at more than 250 colleges and universities.

Each event is entirely student run, and 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to a local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Nationally, dance marathons have raised more than $62 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, according to Dancemarathon.com.

Roanoke students, faculty and staff were on their feet dancing and participating in other activities from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Bast Center.

NAT8More than 200 dancers, along with many RC families, came for the event’s family hour, including a family whose child is receiving treatment at Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital.

Roanoke students formed a committed to organize Noke-A-Thon, with senior Adam LaChappelle as its chair.

The committee is making plans for additional fundraising, including organizing a 5KolorRun and local high school dance marathons to help raise money and awareness for the work of the Children’s Miracle Network and Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital.

“I would really love to get a majority of the college to come out to support the children,” said LaChappelle. “Noke-A-Thon was a huge success and will continue to grow to amazing heights.”

For questions or to get involved in next year’s Noke-A-Thon, contact the student organizing committee at nokeathon@roanoke.edu.

Also, find the committee on Facebook or Twitter @nokeathon.

-By Morgan Conroy ’14

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