December 6, 2007

Owens Student Government’s Dance-A-Thon Raises Over $1,100 in Support of Make-A-Wish

Owens' Dance-A-Thon theme was

Owens’ Dance-A-Thon theme was “Fiesta” as evident by several dancers T-shirts.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Over 100 Owens Community College students and employees and area residents recently danced the night away for a good cause as part of the College’s first-ever Dance-A-Thon. The Student Government-sponsored event totaled over $1,100 in donations to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation Æ of Northwest Ohio.

“Owens’ Student Government is proud to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation Æ of Northwest Ohio and help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause,” said Lindsay Gregory, Owens Student Government President. “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 was the main focus of the evening, those who were not light on their feet had the opportunity to participate in several other activities. Participants were able to test their athletic ability on the volleyball and basketball courts, as well as their climbing skills on a rock wall. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to attempt riding a mechanical bull. Live bands also performed as part of the Dance-A-Thon.

The evening activities culminated with a Make-A-Wish child named Destanee telling a story about how the organization had a profound impact on her life.

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.