5 things to know about 12-hour Dance Marathon

Bartholomew County high school and home-schooled students have set a goal of raising $182,000 at the 2015 Dance Marathon, from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday at Columbus East High School. Here are five things to know.

1) If students reach their goal, $138,000 in profit will be donated to Turning Point Domestic Violence Services Inc., which represents about 9 percent of Turning Point’s general budget for the year.

2) This year’s theme is “Come Together,” named after The Beatles’ song from the 1969 “Abbey Road” album.

3) Students who attend raise $30 or more for domestic violence prevention as part of their registration fee. There is also VIP status for those who raise at least $75, which allows the students to avoid long lines, have a first chance at food and earn opportunities to win prizes at the event.

4) This year’s event will feature DJs, instead of bands performing, after a student survey determined what type of live entertainment they preferred. During the event, disc jockeys will show off their skills during a DJ battle.

5) During each hour of the event, a 10-minute presentation will educate students about different aspects of domestic and teen dating violence. Presentations include skits, an interactive activity or videos. Personal messages about domestic and teen dating violence will be shared during the event.

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To register, visit the your school’s website and click on the “Dance Marathon 2015” icon or register at TPDM15.eventbrite.com. Reminder: A parent permission slip is required for admission.