7-Hour Dance ‘Raider-Thon’ Helps Charities

7-Hour Dance ‘Raider-Thon’ Helps Charities

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Ocean City High School Raider-thon on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

About 150 Ocean City High School students started dancing at 5 p.m. Friday, and hours later they were still rocking.

But they had still hours more to dance in the first annual “Raider-thon” — a seven-hour dance marathon to raise money for charity.

The event required students to dance and move from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

All participants raised a $50 entrance fee, but many contributed more, according to Mary Beth Snow of the Ocean City Education Foundation. Organizers were still counting proceeds on Friday night.

All the money raised goes to the nonprofit Ocean City Education Foundation and The Sunshine Foundation, which benefits children in the local community suffering from chronic health conditions.

Representatives of both organizations were on hand Friday to volunteer or the event.

Organizers hope it will become a growing annual event.