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Edinboro University will hold 2nd Annual Lights Out on Leukemia Black Light Dance

02/27/2012

EDINBORO, Pa. – For the second time in as many years, Edinboro University students, faculty and community members will dance the night away in hopes of a better future for those afflicted with Leukemia during the University’s “Lights Out on Leukemia Black Light Dance.”

The special dance will take place on Friday, March 23, starting at 7:45 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Multi-Purpose Room.

This event in particular is very important to Edinboro student Emily Leary, who initiated the Lights Out dance on campus last year.

“I started this dance last year as a fundraiser for my eldest sister Jen’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign,” Emily said. “Jen and I have been active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a few years now, including participating in the Team in Training program.”

This year’s event will begin with actual accounts from patients, families and survivors. At 8:45 p.m., the lights will be turned off, music turned up and the dancing will begin, continuing until midnight. At that time, final total amount collected will be revealed, and one last song, celebrating the lives of those who are afflicted with the disease, will be played.

“Last year we were able to raise $637.24 and this year we are hoping to raise at least $2,000,” Emily said. “If we are able to get 400 people to attend, we will meet our goal.”

The dance event is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members, and is considered to be “family friendly.”

As an added incentive, should more than  50 Edinboro students raise $100 or more each, turning in their funds the night of the dance, their names will be entered into a raffle offering the winner a choice of a new iPod Touch or $200 Visa gift card.

“This is an opportunity for students to honor those close to them. It makes make this event very personal, and I feel it will light the fire in Edinboro’s fight against cancer,” Emily said. “We will be continuing this event yearly, and we already have some big plans for Lights Out on Leukemia 2013,” said Leary.

Tickets are $5 apiece. All funds raised go directly to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Refreshments and glow sticks will be provided for all who attend.

According to Emily, charitable donations can be made payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and mailed to: Lights Out on Leukemia, In Care of Edinboro University Student Government Association, 405 Scotland Road, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, 16444.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/lightsoutonleukemia or e-mail lightsoutonleukemia@gmail.com.