The ladies of the Chi Omega sorority at EKU will host the third annual dance marathon, ‘Dance for Wishes’ in Weaver Gym from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

Dance for Wishes is a philanthropy event designated to help raise money for children that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.

Last year, Chi Omega helped raise more than $28,000 to help grant the wish of a 5-year-old, Richmond native named Laney. Laney was chosen by the Make-A-Wish Foundation because she has had a hole in her heart since she was a baby. The money they raised will help grant Laney’s wish of “going to meet the princesses” at Disney World later this month.

The Dance for Wishes raises money by how long members from each team dances on the floor throughout the night. The women of Chi Omega also worked throughout the summer to gain sponsorships and summer auctions to help generate more money for the event and final grand total.

In addition to the dance marathon, there will also be dance competitions, Zumba practices, prizes and raffles. The goal for this year’s Dance for Wishes is $30,000 so that the group will be able to grant three children’s wishes.

Taylor Moore, member of Chi Omega, said more than seven other Greek Life organizations are participating in the event.

“Each team must always have a member dancing on the floor, but there will be breaks for other activities and other members from a team can switch out,” Moore said. “However, anyone within the EKU community can participate and be a member of the ‘community category’ in order to win a prize.”

Tickets can be bought at the door of the event. Tickets are $3 for students with their I.D. and $5 for non-students.