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Rockin’ & Rollin’ in the Campus Center

MDA Dance MarathonThroughout the years, no matter what changes occur at Albright, the spirit to help others in need has always remained the same.

Last year students held the first Dance Marathon to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. However, it was not the first time a Dance Marathon was held at Albright to help a good cause. The tradition began in the early 80s with the Muscular Dystrophy Dance Marathon and Carnival.

The first 48-hour Dance Marathon was held at Albright from February 29 to March 2, 1980. It included carnival-style games, prizes, and special guest appearances. Student organizations from all over campus fundraised in order to be able to take part in the marathon. Some fundraisers included hoagie sales, car washes and work weekends. The weekend kicked off with noted mime artist O.J. Anderson and a fashion show by the womenswear store Hit or Miss. Live rock bands “Trader” and “Sector” also performed throughout the weekend.

Special guests included the Reading Phillies Cheerleaders, the “Philliettes;” the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, “the Liberty Bells;” and the Phillie Phanatic.

Well-known Pittsburgh disc jockey Arnie Witzoreck spun hits throughout the entire marathon and served as emcee. MDA Pie Eating booth

For those who didn’t dance in the marathon, there were game booths, such as a pie-eating contest, an auction of Phillies gear, and several food and merchandise stands. All proceeds benefited the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

In the end, after everyone went home to soak their sore and tired feet, the event raised $4,572 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

— Lisa A. Mixon ’02

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