Pace 4 Kids (PLV)
24 hours in a day; 12 hours to save a life. On November 22, Pace will host the second annual Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Will you P4K?
Last November, Pace hosted the inaugural Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon to raise money for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, which serves more than 20,000 children each year. With a staggering goal of $20,000, the Pace Community banded together and beat their goal, raising $29,916, just shy of $30,000. This year, they’re back with that $30K goal.
The second annual Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon will move into the Willcox Gym in PLV on Saturday, November 22, from 3:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. And yes, dancers will be on their feet for 12 hours, busting moves and participating in games and entertainment. Why? Solidarity. To quote the first Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Dance Marathon’s mission statement: We dance for those who can’t.
Dancers will participate in a group morale dance each hour, along with fan-favorites, like the cha-cha, electric slide, and even the dougie. That’s right, they’re going to teach you how to dougie, teach you, teach you how to dougie. See last year’s final morale dance. There will also be food and goodies from sponsors, and patients and their families will be stopping by to cheer dancers on.
And the best part: 100% of your donations stay local in the Hudson Valley and help make a difference in the lives of children within the community at Maria Fareri. So far, more than 150 participants have raised more than $4,000…for the kids. But that’s nowhere near the goal of $30,000. Can you help them get there?
Let’s do it FTK. But what exactly is FTK? Let the P4Kers break down FTK.
“For starters, FTK is less about what it stands for, and more about who stands for it. We dance for hours on end FTK. We raise money tirelessly FTK. We do it all FTK.
Are you getting it yet?
FTK is a movement. FTK means putting others before yourself. FTK is about standing beside the strongest children in the world and showing them that they never have to fight alone. FTK means family.
We don’t raise money for personal gain. We won’t bribe you with gifts to get you to come to Dance Marathon. There’s no catch. There are no gimmicks. You will not save fifteen percent or more on car insurance by coming to Dance Marathon. You do not pass 'Go' and you do not collect $200. What you do by raising money and coming to Dance Marathon is give hope to a kid who might be on the verge losing it. You bring joy to families and their friends who have faced or are still facing some of the hardest times of their lives, knowing that you are a part of something so much greater than yourself.
We do it For The Kids. Are you FTK?”
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