UMaine Students Donate Dance-A-Thon Money 

After dancing all night for a good cause, UMaine students could finally see the good they did.Planners of BearFest, an all night dance marathon, presented a check to EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on Thursday. The event raised more than $47,000 back in February.The money will stay locally, benefiting pediatric care.”It’s relieving to finally see the money go to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Obviously, that’s our main goal. It is such a good feeling to know that every single penny that we raised stays here,” said Patrick Hart, co-director of BearFest. “It’s absolutely amazing. It’s a testament to the University of Maine and to their students. It is a student run, student driven, student planned event, so it’s really their opportunity and their way to give back to this community,” said Kelly Pearson, Director of EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This was the second time UMaine held the event.Students have already started planning the BearFest for next year.A series of college dance-a-thons happen each year across the country.All benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.