Mendon, NY ~ The 33rd Annual Teddi Dance for Love, a 24-hour dance marathon to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 20 & 21, 2015, in the Student Life Center at St. John Fisher College.
The Annual Teddi Dance for Love is planned and coordinated by a student-led committee who meet once a week throughout the school year. This year's committee is led by Chair, Olivia Gosdeck, and Vice-Chair,Briana Macaluso. Hundreds of students, alumni, administration, faculty, staff, and volunteers are scheduled to take part in this very special event.
The33rd Annual Teddi Dance for Love will kick-off at 8:00 PM on Friday, February 20, 2015 with the Opening Ceremony, which will feature Camp Good Days' Chairman & Founder, Gary Mervis; President of St. John Fisher College, Dr. Donald Bain; Honorary Chairman, Rebecca LeClair; and the very special Blessing of the Feet by Father Joe Lanzalaco, also of St. John Fisher College.
Each of the 24 hours has a theme for the Teddi Dance for Love and some of the themes this year include: Sweatin' to the Oldies, Michael Jackson, Diva Hour, Top Pop, Camp Songs, and Country Hour. There will also be live performances by St John Fisher College's own Measure 13, and Arts in Motion as well as country artist Kevin Mac. Other special highlights include a Jazzercise warm-up with Priche' Smith, a mini-marathon for those who are not able to participate in the full 24 hours, and Zumba with Sarah Bowen and Aaron Ajegba, who are both SJFC Alumni.
A group of campers from Camp Good Days will attend the Teddi Dance for Love on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM. A children's carnival, complete with games, cotton candy, a photo booth and a bounce house, will begin at 3:00 PM when the campers arrive and will run through 6:00 PM. The carnival is open to any children from the community. While there, the campers will have the opportunity to meet and dance with the students and help to make the announcement of the total amount raised, during the Closing Ceremony.
All of the proceeds from the Dance for Love benefit the Teddi Project at Camp Good Days, named for Teddi Mervis, the inspiration behind Camp Good Days, which provides the resources for the campers to attend special outings and trips throughout the year, such as the Annual Florida Trip, during which campers have the opportunity to experience firsthand the magic of Central Florida and the many theme parks. In addition to the Florida Trip, the Teddi Project also provides funding for other special outings and activities such as sporting events, movies, bowling, and more. Over the years, the Dance for Love has generated over $960,000 in support of the Teddi Project and the children at Camp Good Days!
"The Teddi Dance for Love is one of my favorite times of year," says Gary Mervis, Chairman & Founder of Camp Good Days. "It is a time when you see firsthand the true meaning of love, hope, and giving. Each and every year, I continue to be amazed by the hard work, dedication and devotion displayed by the Teddi Committee, all of the participants, volunteers and supporters, and the overall St. John Fisher College community. As Teddi's Dad, all those involved with the Teddi Dance for Love help to keep my daughter's spirit and memory alive. There are truly no words to express my gratitude for that special gift they give to me."