Local Teens Dance Seven Hours to Help Others
Red Cross Dance-A-Thon Raises More Than $17,000
April 5, 2007|
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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
707 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton, NJ 08540-6311 . 609-951-8550 .
Hunterdon Branch: 349 Route 31 South, Suite 501, Flemington, NJ 08822 .
908-782-4121 . Fax: 908-782-2864