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CSUB Students to Dance for the Kids - Student Dance Marathon benefits Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center

Dance MarathonCalling all dancers, dance supporters and dancing enthusiasts! CSUB’s second annual Runner Dance Marathon is coming back to the CSU Bakersfield campus on Friday, April 19, 2013, to Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 7 PM- 7 AM inside the Student Union. The “Runner Dance Marathon,” is a 12-hour event designed to foster school spirit while raising money for the Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center here in Bakersfield.

With support from the Children’s Miracle Network, students came together in 2012 to form the dance marathon club and bring this national college event to the students of CSUB. Last year’s event featured roughly 250 participants who stayed on their feet for 12 hours: dancing, playing games and helping to create miracles for the children of Kern county. The participants raised a whooping $6,500, surpassing the goals of all parties involved, leading it to be recognized in CSUB’s Corporate Sponsor of the Year award from Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. This year the committee hopes to raise $20,000.

“My life changed about two years ago when I found out about the Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center in Memorial Hospital,” said dance marathon founder Hilda Nieblas. “From the moment that I visited the center, I took a pledge to inform people of the amazing work they did and to do everything in my power to be able to raise money and awareness so that the children of Bakersfield would have a hospital where they could stay and receive the excellent medical treatment they all deserve in their hometown.”

The Runner Dance marathon will feature live entertainment, carnival games, and inspirational speeches from children and families that have benefited from the opening of the Lauren Small Children’s medical center. Admission is $20.00 and is open to all CSUB students alumni. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets please visit

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