New Vision Health Careers students this weekend are holding their annual charity fundraiser with the goal of raising at least $10,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
From noon to midnight on Saturday, March 17, the New Vision Health students will host the Dancing for Kids Sake Dance Marathon at the Case Middle School in Watertown. Dancers can register at the door or sign up in advance on the marathon’s website
The New Vision Health program has a long history of raising funds for medical charities. In past years fundraisers have included mystery dinner theaters and volleyball and basketball tournaments. For the last several years, students have chosen to work with the Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown to organize the dance marathon.
This annual fundraising effort is part of the Economics coursework the New Vision Health students must complete.
Past marathons have seen as many as 450 dancers raise almost $20,000 for the charity, which provides medical care for sick and injured children. One hundred percent of all money raised stays in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.
“It’s really economics in action,” Kathy Gebo, a BOCES New Vision Health instructor at Samaritan, said.
Each dancer pays must raise at least $30 (in advance, $40 at the door) to participate in the marathon but many students raise much more than that securing hundreds of dollars from friends and family for the charity event. Prizes are given to the top fundraisers. This year first prize is a laptop computer, second prize an iPod Touch and third prize an iTunes Bundle.
caption: 2011-12 New Vision Health Careers students at Samaritan Medical Center