The Tamaqua Area Student Government Association (TASGA), with support of Tamaqua Leadership Council, National Honor Society and World Language Club, is sponsoring their first annual mini dance marathon called Tamaqua Dance Marathon 2012 Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Tamaqua High School Gymnasium.

Proceeds from the event will benefit "Camp Can Do," a camp for pediatric cancer patients. The theme of the event is "Kids Helping Kids."

TASG president Emily Zancofsky states her pride in organizing the event, pointing out that her grandmother, Sadie Kachmar of Tamaqua, is a survivor of cancer. TASG vice president Kelsey Patrick also knows the struggles of fighting cancer. Patrick lost a family member, Grace Reinhart of West Penn, to cancer this past October.

"This event goes to a great cause," added Patrick. TASG advisor Steve Ulicny, stated the event is modeled from the Penn State's successful "Thon" dance marathon. He added that Tamaqua students started the ACS's telethon at the school many years ago, adding, "volunteers answered phones in classrooms while entertainers performed in the court yard."

The cost to enter the event is any donation you can afford. T-shirts are also being sold for donations of $12. The event, which includes a moonbounce, food, refreshments and desserts, is co-sponsored by the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Student bands from the area as well as DJs will also provide entertainment throughout the 10-hour event. Special DJ appearances donated by DJ RC from T102, DJ Aaron Bonner, DJ Brandon Fritz, Story of Another, A.D.D., Waking Up Dead, Subject 1 and Livi Morrison. Other Tamaqua area clubs will be providing refreshments as well as games and rides.

Contact Stephen Ulicny, TASGA adviser at (570) 778-2374 for more information. Ulicny said, "This event event will reestablish the connection between the school, American Cancer Society and the community."