LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2020) — Although the spring semester has just begun, the DanceBlue Committee has been working tirelessly the past semester and over the winter break in anticipation of the marathon Feb. 29-March 1. Being one of the University of Kentucky’s most popular traditions, DanceBlue takes all year to fundraise and plan the marathon and various supporting events. To mark the approaching fundraising deadline this week, DanceBlue Committee will be hosting Blitz Week, Feb. 3-7, with several exciting events on campus throughout the week.
Monday, Feb. 3: Kickoff Monday
Every student has a different reason for participating in DanceBlue. This day allows students to share their reason on the DanceBlue chalkboard and grab some yummy lemonade and popcorn inside of the Gatton Student Center. Students can also learn more about what is involved with DanceBlue at White Hall Classroom Building. Both locations will be running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Show support on social media using #DBBlitzWeek and #KickoffMonday and tagging and following @uk_danceblue.
Tuesday, Feb. 4: Transformation Tuesday
Transformation Tuesday is a social media day. Use the fun Instagram Story templates that will be posted on the DanceBlue Instagram Story to show the transformative power of DanceBlue, either in the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic or your personal life. Anyone is welcome to participate, and DanceBlue Committee strongly encourages posting videos of your own DanceBlue story. Use #DBBlitzWeek and #TransformationTuesday and tag @uk_danceblue for the chance to be reposted on its account.
Wednesday, Feb. 5: Wardrobe Wednesday
Wardrobe Wednesday is all about showing your DanceBlue spirit. Visit the DanceBluetique inside the Gatton Student Center then go inside of the White Hall Classroom Building to add your thumbprint to a banner that will be hanging at the marathon. Both locations will be running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash, check and credit card will be accepted at the DanceBluetique. Use #DBBlitzWeek and #WardrobeWednesday and tag @uk_danceblue to show your support on social media.
Thursday, Feb. 6: 24 Hours to Donate
During 24 Hours to Donate, the DanceBlue Committee will make a big fundraising push on social media. Since there will be only 24 hours left until the online fundraising deadline, the committee is creating a challenge of raising $50,000 in one day. Use the Instagram Story template that will be posted to the DanceBlue Instagram Story or post your own pictures to fundraise as much as you can. If you complete the donation template and post to your Instagram Story using #DBBlitzWeek and #24HoursToDonate and tag @uk_danceblue, you have the chance to be reposted on the DanceBlue account.
Friday, Feb.7: Fundraising Friday
Friday is the finale of Blitz Week and the cash and check fundraising deadline. To celebrate, grab some tasty cookies and lemonade from inside the Gatton Student Center or learn more about DanceBlue and write a card to a kid in the clinic inside of the White Hall Classroom Building. Both locations will be running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cash and check fundraising deadline closes at 4 p.m., so make sure to turn in all of your donations into the ticket office at the Student Center before then.
DanceBlue has fostered a sense of community both on UK’s campus and across the state of Kentucky. From supporting the families in the clinic to dancing, sweating and laughing together during the marathon, the bonds the organization creates are unbreakable. In order to be considered for a dancer spot, students must turn in their online donations by Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m. and their cash and check donations to the ticket office at the Gatton Student Center by Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. To take part in this fight to beat cancer, donate here.
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 brand new facility in 2017 after a complete renovation funded solely from DanceBlue. For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit www.danceblue.org. Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblue, Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKDanceBlue and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/uk_danceblue/.
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