I am writing to you now, for the first time, LIVE from the dance! This is a monumental step in connecting the Marathon Dance to our global supporters.
We began tonight with very emotional and spirited Opening Ceremonies, including a video projection of a torch lighting done by Nice Guys Productions. It was just the thing to get our dancers up off the floor, in human puzzle position, and start moving their feet. They were encouraged by a few past recipients, including Karen Bailey who had the room screaming with excitement, and radio DJs that have been supportive in publicizing the event. Our own Marathon DJs, Kelly and Jerry were awarded a plaque, thanking them both for 23 years of devoted service.
We've also successfully completed our first Air Band and Costume Party. The airband skit, performed by a group of girls calling themselves "PussyCat Meow" rocked out in silly costumes to a classic Michael Jackson song. The first Costume Party, "Toga" was also a big success. We had "goats" dressed in Togas, and were even treated to a G-rated Chippendales show by one group of boys!
The 50/50 has already raised $1500, and t-shirts are flying off the shelves. This year there are a few extra hot items to buy, including a wristband in dedication to Jessica Bayer as well as one to raise awareness for Brain Cancer.
Things are really getting underway as we prepare to lock up the building for the night. I will return, as your loyal blogger, in a few hours with another exciting update. Stay tuned and we'll hopefully see MANY of you tomorrow!!