Dance-A-Thon by Programming Board to raise funds for Scottie’s Place

04-09-14 - The Programming Board hosted their first Dance-A-Thon on Saturday, March 22 to raise money for alumna founded Scottie’s Place.

On Saturday, March 22 the Sommer Center was full of music and excitement as students raised money for alumna founded Scottie’s Place. The Programming Board felt compelled to help their community after they learned about the efforts of Scottie’s Place.


Scottie’s Place was founded in 1999 as a nonprofit to assist children affected by poverty and conflict. Alumna Jo-El Wadsworth ’82 and Paul Winter founded Scottie’s Place after meeting 8 year-old Scottie while camping in a national forest. Scottie and his family were homeless and the knowledge of their situation and the impact it had on Scottie prompted Jo-El and Paul to act. By founding Scottie’s Place in 1999 they hoped to “empower and educate the most vulnerable children in our community.” It was the “first year-round, special-needs camp in the United States for children affected by homelessness.” The camp is located in West Virginia; yet the efforts of the non-profit are now global and endeavor to assist children to overcome their circumstances through educational programming, empowerment and mentoring.


The Dance-A-Thon raised $459.50 through donations made by faculty, staff and students. The Programming Board donated an additional $1000 to the cause bring the total to $1459.50. The money will help Scottie's Place with "therapeutic wilderness summer camp programs for Appalachian and resettled refugee youth," according to Jo-El Wadsworth '82. Dancing carried on for 5 hours while students enjoyed knowing they were making a difference. Many students came by throughout the night learned about Scottie’s Place and danced in Sommer Center.


The Programming Board felt the event was such a success they are considering making it an annual occurrence. If you were not involved this year, make sure you get involved next year.


Scottie’s Place has hosted internships, alternative spring break experiences and workshops on campus. If you are interested in helping the cause, check out their website to learn more.



Laura Sanders, communications associate, 315-364-3404,