The Phi Mu Eta Xi sorority at Stanislaus State is no stranger to giving back. In the past, they have held events to raise money for their philanthropy, the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis, but none have been quite like the bash they plan to throw on April 16.
The sorority will host their first annual Warriorthon, a six-hour dance marathon complete with live performances, carnival games, raffle prizes and of course, dancing. Participants will dance for six hours to raise both funds and awareness for CMN.
According to Phi Mu Eta Xi Philanthropy Chairman Stephanie Garcia, dance marathons are a frequent occurrence for their sisters on the East Coast, but this will be the first dance marathon ever held by a Phi Mu Eta Xi sorority on the West Coast.
“Now that Phi Mu has expanded to the West Coast, we thought, ‘Why not participate?’” said Garcia.
Participants in the Warriorthon will kick off the event by stretching out their muscles with a provided yoga instructor, then will be taught Latin dance followed by ballroom dancing. From that point on, dancers are free to show off whatever moves they want. The theme of the free dancing, “Decades,” will change every hour.
For those who may want a break from dancing but still want to remain on their feet, carnival activities such as a coin toss, Plinko and face painting will be provided.
Proceeds from the event will go toward providing an opportunity for children of CMN to spend more time dancing and playing rather than recovering in a hospital bed.
Garcia understands the strain that hospital-bound children can put on a family.
“I have a little brother with Down Syndrome, so I know what it’s like to have a family member in and out of the hospital,” said Garcia. “This event is something that is near and dear to my heart. Knowing that we can help another family ease the pain financially is a great feeling.”
The first annual Warriorthon will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Stanislaus State amphitheater. Those who would like to participate can register for $15 at www.events.dancemarathon.com/event/PhiMuWarriorthon. Registration includes a Warriorthon shirt, food and access to all activities.