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All Are Welcome to 5th Annual DanceBlue Silent Auction

DanceBlue participants. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.
DanceBlue participants. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2019) — The fifth annual DanceBlue Silent Auction is here! From 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, students, alumni and supporters of DanceBlue from across Kentucky will gather in the Woodford Reserve Room at Kroger Field for a night of live music, food, inspirational stories and a silent auction — all for the kids. DanceBlue is a year-round fundraising effort for pediatric cancer patients.

The Silent Auction is one of DanceBlue’s signature fundraising events of the year and will feature items such as UK basketball tickets, a day in a Keeneland box for their Spring Meet, jewelry, handmade wooden items and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Golden Matrix Fund, which serves to support the patients and families in the DanceBlue Clinic by any means possible. This support includes housing, food vouchers, gas cards, clinic staff and furthering cancer research.

Tickets to the Silent Auction are on sale now through the University of Kentucky Ticket Office and can be bought here. The ticket cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door on the day of the event. The dress is cocktail attire. In addition, dancers for DanceBlue 2020 can get three spirit points for attending. Anyone with questions or concerns about the event or how to purchase tickets, can contact Clark Ulmer at corporate@danceblue.org.

DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky's 24-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund. The DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic opened its facility in 2017 after a complete renovation funded solely from DanceBlue. In the 15 years of DanceBlue, over $15 million has been raised through the Golden Matrix Fund. For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit www.danceblue.org. Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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