Champlain Students Dance for a Cause

Brendon Johnson ‘16 / Champlain College News

88ce60_762a539dbe918d3acb3a50722763fff9Champlain College will be hosting its first Dance-A-Thon to benefit the Malayka House, an orphanage that is home to 37 children in Entebbe, Uganda.

The competition begins on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Hauke Conference room and will last until the final participant or team is left on the dance floor. Participants are encouraged to get sponsored by family and friends, and if possible, make a donation. The Dance-A-Thon is 1920’s themed and period dress is encouraged.

The Malayaka House is a non-profit organization that provides a safe, educational, and loving home for the children in its care. Champlain’s Center for Service & Civic engagement has hosted two service trips to the orphanage. Organizer Brittany Porydzy notes that the students who have participated in past trips to the Malayaka House are enthusiastic about the cause and always eager to return. “The Malayaka House is more than something they cared about while they were in Uganda, it followed them back to Champlain’s campus,” she said.

“As a Student Activities Programmer I took a cause that a great deal of students are invested in and turned it into an event,” Porydzy added. “What could have been a typical Saturday night is instead a night that is making a difference.”

The winners of this year’s Dance-A-Thon will win their choice of the following: dinner at a restaurant of their choice, a pre-order of a videogame of their choice, or a concert of their choice at Higher Ground.

Sign-up sheets and pledge sheets are available at The Hub informational desk in the IDX Student Life Center.  The entry fee is $15 per person and $20 per couple.

For more information about the Dance-A-Thon e-mail organizer Brittany Porydzy at

For more information about the Malayaka House or other service trips through the Champlain Center for Service & Civic Engagement e-mail Maggie Melvin at

RSVP for the Dance-A-Thon at 

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