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WIU Miracle Jeans Day March 1

February 15, 2017

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- How many times a week do we spend at least $5 on a cup of gourmet coffee, a quick snack or an impulse item at the store? Take that Abraham Lincoln, and for just one day, spend it on a cause that's "for the kids."

On Wednesday, March 1, Western Illinois University employees are invited to participate in the WIU Dance Marathon's Miracle Jeans Day, with proceeds of the event going to St. Louis-area Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Approval has been granted for WIU employees in all departments to participate in the special "wear jeans day," if they choose. For a minimum donation of $5, WIU employees can put their professional attire aside to wear jeans to work in the middle of the week.

The WIU Dance Marathon (DM), which is a recognized student organization, has a series of yearlong fundraisers taking place for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the organization's designated charity. The fundraising events culminate April 1 with a 12-hour Dance Marathon on campus, which honors the 12-hour shifts of doctors and nurses, as well as children who are unable to stand.

The $5 jeans donation, which is due by Friday, Feb. 24, may be made online at (click on "Support Me") or by cash or check (payable to WIU Dance Marathon), sent to Nick Katz, associate director of Student Activities and WIU DM adviser, c/o the Office of Student Activities (University Union). More information about Miracle Jeans Day is available at DM executive board members will visit offices Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 to pass out participation stickers for the March 1 event.

Western's Dance Marathon is entering its fourth year on the WIU campus, with this year's goal set at $100,000. All donations are welcome, and may be made by visiting or emailing Last year's event raised $70,800.

For more information on the WIU Dance Marathon, visit or email DM Board President Hayley Salata at

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