Pace Holds First Annual Pace for Kids Dance Marathon


Cecilia Levine, Managing Editor

On Friday, Nov. 22, students prepared themselves for a different kind of weekend party. Instead of heading up the hill for the usual Friday night festivities at the townhouses, students made their way down to the Willcox gym.

“24 hours in a day; 12 hours to save a life,” the motto stated.

Pace’s first P4K Dance Mara- thon benefitted the children of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, and was spearheaded by Student Development and Cam- pus Activities Center (SDCA) and Children’s Miracle Network. Caity Kirschbaum, SDCA coordinator, has close connections with the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, as her brother was a resident when he suffered from internal bleeding. Pace’s Dance Marathon was the first one to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

The night started out by introducing some of the families that would be benefitting from the profits of Pace’s Dance Mara- thon. The children were given opportunities to tell their stories and express gratitude towards the Pace community. P4K stayed true in its promised 12 hours of dancing, as students conducted a structured morale dance, intermittent raves, dance parties, performances and games. Al- though the crowd began dwindling around 11 pm, the intensity of the night only continued to increase as students fought exhaustion with the final goal of $20,000 in mind. The goal was reached the week following P4K.

Pace plans on holding an annual P4K Dance Marathon in years ahead.