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Local Teens Dance Seven Hours to Help Others
Red Cross Dance-A-Thon Raises More Than $17,000
 
Date: April 5, 2007
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

94.5PST’s Totally Interactive Night Show radio host Tom Shinn takes a break to pose with some of the dancers during the 2007 Dance-A-Thon, held March 31st at Crossroads North School in Monmouth Junction.

Princeton, NJ, April 5, 2007 – On March 31st, the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Youth Council held their 2nd Annual Dance-A-Thon at Crossroads North School in Monmouth Junction. More than 200 high school students from throughout Central New Jersey danced from 3:00 to 10:00 PM to benefit local, as well as international causes.

The $17,000 raised benefits the programs and services of the Central New Jersey Red Cross chapter, which assists victims of local disasters, delivers meals to the homebound elderly, helps to maintain a safe and steady blood supply to area hospitals, and trains community members with life saving skills such as CPR and First Aid. Fifteen percent of the proceeds benefit the Measles Initiative, an international partnership created to reduce measles deaths.

“Because high school students worked hard, measles related deaths are being prevented and the local Red Cross is better able to serve our community,” said Aubrey Galvin, Youth and Volunteer Services Administrator at the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey. “I’m proud to work beside these young humanitarians.”

Adding to the excitement on the dance floor were games and prizes provided by 94.5PST’s Totally Interactive Night Show host Tom Shinn. Radio station 94.5PST helped sponsor the event.

The dancers were treated to free food catered by Americana Diner and prizes donated by Pica Pica. Other sponsors included TREC Global, OHM International Inc., the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, and Crossroads North Middle School. Two DJs donated their professional services with South Brunswick’s DJ Manu spinning the first half of Dance-A-Thon and Dan DeFranco of Round The Clock Entertainment finishing out the event.

About Red Cross Youth Services
American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Youth Services integrates young people into the delivery of Red Cross services. Through involvement with area Red Cross Clubs, students develop leadership skills and an appreciation for ‘giving back’ to their communities. The Central New Jersey Red Cross chapter has 1,237 Red Cross Club members in high schools throughout Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon and Somerset counties.

About the Measles Initiative
The Measles Initiative, launched in 2001, is a partnership committed to reducing measles deaths globally, with the goal of cutting measles deaths by 90 percent by 2010. During its first five years (2001-2005), the Initiative was the main international supporter of mass measles immunization campaigns that led to the vaccination of more than 360 million children, predominantly in Africa. Building on its success in Africa, the Initiative has expanded into Asia. Leading the Measles Initiative efforts are the American Red Cross, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United Nations Foundation, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. For more information, log on to www.measlesinitiative.org.

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