How many times a week do we spend at least $5 on a cup of gourmet coffee, a quick snack or an impulse item at the store? Take that Abraham Lincoln, and for just one day, spend it on a cause that's "for the kids." Last year's event raised over $1,400 and we look to repeat our great success by making this a once a semester event held on October 19th and January 24th.
On Wednesday, January 24th, Western Illinois University employees are invited to participate in the WIU Dance Marathon's Miracle Jeans Day, with proceeds of the event going to St. Louis-area Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Approval has been granted for WIU employees in all departments to participate in the special "wear jeans day," if they choose. For a minimum donation of $5, WIU employees can put their professional attire aside to wear jeans to work in the middle of the week.
The WIU Dance Marathon (DM), which is a recognized student organization, has a series of yearlong fundraisers taking place for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the organization's designated charity. The fundraising events culminate February 24th with a 12-hour Dance Marathon on campus, which honors the 12-hour shifts of doctors and nurses, as well as children who are unable to stand.
The $5 jeans donation, which is due by Tuesday, January 23rd, may be made on this page or by cash or check (payable to WIU Dance Marathon), sent to Nick Katz, associate director of Student Activities and WIU DM adviser, c/o the Office of Student Activities (University Union). If you choose to send money this way, we ask that you include your name and department so that we can get a sticker to you. More information about Miracle Jeans Day is available at miraclejeansday.com. DM executive board members will visit offices January 23rd and 24th to pass out participation stickers for the event.
Western's Dance Marathon is entering its fifth year on the WIU campus, with this year's goal set at $150,000. All donations are welcome, and may be made by visitingtinyurl.com/wiudm18 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Last year's event raised $123,200.
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