Michiana Dance for the Homeless

February 27, 2008

By Jake Jones

Everything is coming together for the first annual Michiana Dance for the Homeless (MDH), which will be held on Saturday, April 19, at noon until noon on Sunday in the Student Activities Center (SAC) at the IU South Bend campus. The dance is an event for IUSB students, as well as the whole community.

The executive team in charge of putting the event together consists of Executive Chair Aleah Wilburn who is a Senator of the IU South Bend Student Government Association (SGA), Ivan Blount, President of the Student Body, Teresa Santos, Secretary of the SGA, Jacqueline Kronk, Director of Development and PR at the Center for the Homeless, Whitney Nickle, Events Coordinator at Center for the Homeless, and Anne McGraw, Director of Development at IU South Bend. All of whom overlook the 10 planning committees, which consist of members of the SGA, the Center for the Homeless and students at IU South Bend.

During the dance the participants must be on their feet for 24 hours doing one of the many activities planned, including listening to the live band, learning new dances from a dance team, participating in the talent show, playing basketball among other activities that have not yet been finalized. All food and drinks for the participants will be provided during the dance.

In order to participate in the Michiana Dance for the Homeless, it is necessary to raise money for the Center for the Homeless through pledges or donations. College students need to raise $250 in order to participate and members of the community as well as high school students must raise $100 to participate. All donations must be done through the fundraising committee, specifics for which can be found at www.danceforthehomeless.com. The Center for the Homeless relies on private donors and fundraising events like the Michiana Dance for the Homeless for 85% of their funding.

The event will be advertised, sponsored and covered by multiple Federated Media radio stations such as 103.9 The Bear, 95.3 WAOR, B100 100.7, and Power 95.7. Advertising is scheduled to begin in February. Regarding the Michiana Dance for the Homeless and her involvement Aleah Wilburn said, “I have a passion for doing charity events. I am focusing my energy on trying to establish an opportunity for students to come together where they can experience student life.” Wilburn urges the student body to get involved with the Michiana Dance for the Homeless in order to ensure that it is a huge success for the community and IU South Bend.

Further information and updates can be found at www.danceforthehomeless.com.

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2 Responses to “Michiana Dance for the Homeless”

  1. jasen leszczewski Says:

    i need to know how much it is to get in the dance?

  2. brandi Says:

    The cost of the dance is $250.00 for college students and $100.00 for high school students.

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