Dancing the night away for the children


Gabriella Ruiz/ISLAND WAVES – Leeann Leija pictured with her daughter Kylee Portales.

On Nov. 8 TAMU-CC Panhellenic Council hosted the second annual Dance Marathon to benefit the Driscoll Children’s Hospital. This event had performances throughout the night as they were raising money for children.

Sororities such as Gamma Phi Beta, Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Delta Theta had the opportunity to perform their dance routine for the night. Even several organizations such as Aloha Days stepped in to show off their dance moves with their choreography.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital has been around since 1953, helping kids make miracles come true for over 65 years. This hospital is located here in Corpus Christi, while there are clinics located in Brownsville, McAllen, Laredo and Harlingen. Everyday doctors are flying out to these clinics as they seek to help the Children’s needs in making them feel better.

Junior Baylee Felts, Vice President of Philanthropy for TAMU-CC Panhellenic Council, addressed that TAMU-CC held this event for the first time last year and they raised over 11 thousand dollars. Their goal for this year was to raise 13 thousand dollars with the donations they received.

“This year has been really slow with donations and everything,” said Felts. “We are just happy with whatever we can get because it’ll go straight to the kids and straight to the hospital.”

TAMU-CC students line up to welcome the Miracle Kids.

Richard Harris, Children’s Miracle Network Administrator, mentioned that he has been at Driscoll Children’s Hospital for 26 years and he’s proud of what this hospital has to offer for children who are ill and deal with their health battles. “I think it’s very important for people to know why we exist. …It’s all about the kids,” said Harris. “Doctors and nurses do care about the kids and we’re going to make it work to take care of those kids. …The money raised tonight will go to equipment; we want to have the best equipment when a child does come to visit us.”

Parents such as Leeann Leija are very pleased with the generosity that Driscoll Children’s hospital has provided for her family, most importantly her daughter Kylee Portales. “One thing I can tell you about Driscoll is that they are wonderful,” said Leija. “The therapist and all the specialists have been by my side every step of the way. …I don’t have to yell at them…I don’t have to scream at them and every test that they do on her, I know it’s going to be 100 percent.”

The outcome of this event ended up being a successful turnout with many generous donations throughout the night. Thank you to everyone who supported the Driscoll Children’s Hospital with a fun night of dancing.