2012-03-09 / Community

STRIVE dance marathon rocked all night

By Brianna McCabe
STRIVE program coordinator

Above, Hello Newman is, from left, Jim Roberts, Alex Hammond, Alexander Tuck, Derek Johnson and Davian Akers. (Courtesy photo) Above, Hello Newman is, from left, Jim Roberts, Alex Hammond, Alexander Tuck, Derek Johnson and Davian Akers. (Courtesy photo) This past weekend more than 450 STRIVE supporters danced the night away at the eighth annual Wright Express STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon. The Dance Marathon kicked off at 8 p.m. March 3 and wrapped up at 8 a.m. March 4.

Dancers and volunteers spent 12 hours at the USM Sullivan Gym in Portland dancing, listening to live music that included SPOSE, Hello Newman and The Clearwater Benders. Other activities included inflatable bounces, an obstacle course and sumo wrestling from Blast Party Rentals and One Stop Party Shoppe. All proceeds went to STRIVE, a local nonprofit that serves young adults ages 11 to 24 with developmental disabilities.

STRIVE has two major fundraisers every year – a live and silent auction in October and the STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon. Each fundraiser raises approximately $30,000 every year. This year’s dance marathon raised $40,121.93 for STRIVE.

STRIVE had an abundance of food and drinks donated by Hannaford, Anthony’s Italian Kitchen, Subway, Coca-Cola, Capt’n Eli’s and cookies from students at PATHS.

Tarot Card readings were done by Jackie Major; Polarity Therapy by Aaron Williams and Massage by Walter Selens. Other activities included theme hours for dancers to wear costumes, a dance marathon pageant, face painting, hair feathers, fake tattoos, a photo booth, Wii, Xbox360 Kinect, pool tables, foosball tables, skeeball machine and marathon medals for dancers who were still going at 8 a.m.

STRIVE recognizes sponsors for the event, including Wright Express as title sponsor, MEMIC as presenting sponsors and other sponsors that include Martin’s Point, Music and Moore, Portland Kiwanis, Q97.9, Rowe Westbrook, Time Warner Cable and Unified Technologies.

STRIVE advertised the dance marathon on Time and Temperature Buildings lighted sign in Portland. Thank you to The Law Office of Joe Bornstein for the amazing opportunity.

If you wish to learn more about STRIVE programs or get involved in the October 2012 auction or the 2013 March dance marathon, contact STRIVE at 774-6278 or info@pslstrive.org.

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