FSU Dance Marathon donations go to Big Bend Hospice

May 15, 2012

Thanks to Florida State University’s most recent student dance marathon, Big Bend Hospice will be able to help more young people deal with grief.  Tom Flanigan reports the check presentation took place Tuesday morning at the FSU College of Medicine.

“I want to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the college, said Associate Dean Dr. Alma Littles.

The reason for the occasion was a$20,000 check presentation to Big Bend Hospice.  Jake Poteet was one of the more than 1500 FSU students who raised the money through the school’s last Dance Marathon.

“Something about Big Bend Hospice is that it’s unique to the community; something that we don’t give money to and we wanted to make sure we were covering as much of the community as we can with the funds that we raise," Poteet said.

Overjoyed to get the check, Big Bend Hospice Foundation Executive Director Pam Wilson said, "And without funds like this, we would not be able to serve the community because our grief program is totally supported by donation.  So those 300 additional youth that we will reach would not be reached without this gift, so we are deeply appreciative.”

Hospice youth programs include the Caring Tree program, monthly Children and Teen Nights, youth bereavement camps, individual counseling, and grief education.