As part of a national effort to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the University of Maine hosted its first annual BearFest, an all-night dance marathon began at 8 pm on March 31 and ended 12 hours later. More than 300 students and supporters were in attendance.
Although the original fundraising goal was $20,000, BearFest was a huge success, exceeding expectations and raising more than $30,000. All proceeds from the event benefit neonatal intensive care and pediatric services at Eastern Maine Medical Center through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) of EMHS. Students paid a fee to participate, and many raised additional money from family and friends online.
The UMaine BearFest is one of a series of college dance marathons across the country to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization which helps to raise money for more than 170 children’s hospitals nationwide. CMNH of EMHS supports pediatric healthcare in central, eastern, and northern Maine, including more than 125,000 annual pediatric visits throughout the region. UMaine’s BearFest is the second highest grossing first year college dance marathon in New England.
EMMC administrators and clinical staff will accept a check from the UMaine students and BearFest organizers on Friday, April 27 at 9:30 am at Eastern Maine Medical Center.