November 19, 2007

Owens Community College Student Government Hosts First-Ever Dance-A-Thon Benefit, Nov. 30

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents are invited to dance the night away for a worthy cause as Owens Community College’s Student Government hosts its first-ever Dance-A-Thon on Friday, Nov. 30.

Owens’ Dance-A-Thon event will occur from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. All proceeds raised throughout the night will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Æ of Northwest Ohio. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Student Government is extremely excited to bring the first Dance-A-Thon to Owens Community College,” said Lindsay Gregory, Owens Student Government President. “This event is a unique opportunity for the community to come together and have a wonderful time while raising money for such a worthwhile cause as the Make-A-Wish Foundation Æ of Northwest Ohio. Make-A-Wish gives hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions and we are thrilled to be a part of this effort.”

Founded in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation Æ is dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. Since the Foundation’s beginning, the organization has granted over 150,000 wishes to children around the world. More than 25,000 volunteers have helped Make-A-Wish become one of the most internationally well-known charities around.

Although dancing will be the main focus of the evening, those who are not light on their feet will have the opportunity to participate in several other planned activities. Participants will be able to test their athletic ability on the volleyball and basketball courts, as well as their climbing skills on a rock wall. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attempt riding a mechanical bull. Live bands performing during Dance-A-Thon from 6-9:30 p.m. will include Josh Boyd and the VIP Band and Resonant Soul.

The evening activities will culminate with a Make-A-Wish child named Destanee telling a story about how the organization had a profound impact on her life. Destanee will address Dance-A-Thon attendees at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, Student Government will be giving away various prizes throughout the night. Awards will also be presented at the conclusion of Dance-A-Thon within the categories of best dressed dancer, the last person dancing and the quickest to learn a dance.

Food and refreshments will be available throughout the night for those who need to replenish their energy while dancing. T-shirts made especially for the Dance-A-Thon will also be on hand for purchase.

Individuals can purchase tickets prior to the Dance-A-Thon for $5 at the College’s Bookstore, Library, Student Services Office and Student Activities Office on the Toledo-area Campus. On the Findlay-area Campus, tickets can be purchased at the Student Services Office. Additionally, tickets will be available at the event for $7. For more information about this event, call (567) 661-2605 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2605.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.