Wellesley College Will Hold Twelve-Hour Dance Marathon
to Benefit Tsunami Victims

For immediate release:
April 21, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. --Wellesley College students will hold a dance marathon to benefit tsunami relief efforts this month. Calling it a “12-hour philanthropic entertainment bonanza,” organizers will hold the event in Stone Davis residence hall on Saturday, April 30, from 8 pm to 8 am.

More than 200,000 people were killed around the Indian Ocean in the Dec. 26 tsunami, which was triggered by an earthquake off Indonesia.

“There are two categories of participants in Dance Marathon, marathoners and moralers,” said marathon committee member Ruth Wang’ondu of Nairobi, Kenya, a sophomore at Wellesley. “Both kinds of participants join Dance Marathon by pledging to bring donations to the event.”

Marathoners will commit to being at Dance Marathon for the whole 12 hours, and to bringing a minimum of $100 in sponsorship money. Moralers come in support of the cause and the marathoners; they can dance for any amount of time under 12 hours. For each hour they dance, they will commit to raising at least $10. Groups of 10 can come as Marathoners and commit to raising at least $250 for the group.

Throughout the event, marathoners and moralers will enjoy music deejayed by campus radio station WZLY, performances by Wellesley College dance groups and other special guests including Seemore Johnson and Christina Pujol, two professional salsa instructors from the Boston area.

The evening will include dance-offs, free food and drink, a raffle drawing, a “Scream Tunnel” hour and breakfast at night’s end.

The Wellesley College Tsunami Relief Committee, which was formed to determine ways in which the college can most effectively respond to the tsunami disaster in South and Southeast Asia, has also developed a new internship program entitled “Wellesley in the World: Responding to World Crises.”

To find out more, go to www.wellesley.edu/Tsunami/tsunami.html. For more on the Dance Marathon, e-mail hjung1@wellesley.edu or call 781-283-1790.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.