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Students gear up for annual dance marathon to benefit children's hospital

For eight hours, students at Austin Peay State University will dance the night away, while lending a helping hand, at the third annual One Night Stand Dance Marathon.

The event, which benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital in Nashville, begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 in the Memorial Health Building on APSUs campus.
For eight hours, students at Austin Peay State University will dance the night away, while lending a helping hand, at the third annual One Night Stand Dance Marathon.

The event, which benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville, begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 in the Memorial Health Building on APSU's campus.

“We have been working hard since last year's event to make One Night Stand an Austin Peay tradition,” said Lindsay Mazer, co-adviser. “This year's event will be the official kick-off to Austin Peay's annual Homecoming celebrations.”

Dance participants may not sit during the marathon, event organizers said.

“Participants might feel tired from being on their feet for eight straight hours, but that discomfort eventually will go away,” said Brittany Feinberg, One Night Stand's Campus Relations chair. “The children we raised money for experience intense pain that sometimes never goes away.”

The marathon generates revenue from event sponsors, participant fundraising and canning, in which restaurants and other businesses display cans into which people drop money. This year's sponsors include Quizno's, Jersey Mikes, Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart and Fazoli's. A complete list of sponsors can be found on the Web site, http://www.apsu.edu/ons.

APSU's 2005 One Night Stand won a national award for the event at the annual Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon Leadership Conference held this past summer in Cincinnati.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Parker Goolsby or Bruce Anderson, co-directors of the 2006 One Night Stand, at (931) 221-7431. -- Melony Leazer