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Local college students help fight pediatric AIDS at Baldwin Wallace University's 17th Dance Marathon


BEREA, Ohio -- Students from our area were among 65 students who participated in the 17th Annual Dance Marathon at Baldwin Wallace University.

 As the largest philanthropy organization on campus, Dance Marathon brings together the community, students and sponsors. The 12-hour marathon consists of performers, dancing and HIV/AIDS education. This year's Marathon raised over $23,000 for the cause.

The following students participated:

  • Jack Buddenhagen of Niagara Falls, a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield Sr. High School majoring in instrumental performance.
  • Jenna Coffey of Spencerport, a graduate of Spencerport High School majoring in theatre stage management.

The students danced from noon to midnight, raising money and awareness in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS through Up 4 the Fight, a collegiate fundraising program. All proceeds went to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which seeks to educate and reduce the transmission and cases of pediatric AIDS worldwide.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

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