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Athenians dance to raise more than $6,000 for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

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An Electric Dance Marathon, pictured here, and a Charity Ball helped MSMC students raise more than $6,750 for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles this fall.

This fall, Mount St. Mary’s College students hosted a pair of fundraisers for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The two events – an Electric Dance Marathon and a Charity Ball – brought in more than $6,750 for the hospital’s work.

Students involved with the College’s Chalon Fitness Center hosted the Electric Dance Marathon. Athenians served as DJs, singers and dance instructors for the evening – keeping fellow students on their feet for five hours straight. Dancers also had the chance to meet with a pair of families whose children have benefitted from the care and treatment they received at Children’s L.A.

“This all started with the vision of one student, Haleigh Pellecer, who made this a possibility,” says Maureen Bond, director of Athletics and Fitness Education at the Mount. “And then all the support from our performers, students, staff and faculty made it happen. We were all out there dancing throughout the night for the kids who couldn’t.” 

While the Electric Dance Marathon was a first-time fundraiser, the Charity Ball continues an annual tradition for the students involved in Chalon’s Associated Student Body. Led by the ASB’s Noelle Venegas, this year’s Charity Ball took place in The Circle at the College’s Chalon Campus.

Athenians transformed The Circle into an elegant wonderland of lights, decorations and dancing. The after-dark fundraiser included a silent auction, a portrait booth, dinner and dance performances by student clubs such as Na Pua ‘O Ka ‘Aina and Ballet Folklorico.

“Both events were incredibly successful and the student leaders for each fundraiser did a great job in working collaboratively to support each other,” says Aurora Israelson, associate director of Women’s Leadership at the Mount. “They deserve a tremendous amount of credit for their hard work and generous spirits.”