STAFFORD, NJ - Southern Regional High School's 18-hour Dance Marathon is an annual event held in support of the Ocean of Love foundation, a local charity that assists Ocean County families with children who have cancer. 

The event consists of 18 hours of music, dancing, food, fun and prizes. This year the event was held from Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m. until Sunday, March 13 at 10 a.m. 

Ninety-two students participated in the marathon and raised more than $3,000 for Ocean of Love.

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Southern Regional History teacher Steven Derion and Southern Regional Physical Education teacher Margaret Malley were in charge of the event, and they got assistance in running the dance from members of the Student Council and Key Club. 

The marathon was opened up with a performance by Sneak Attack!, then a Zumba routine led by Transform Fitness instructor, Heather McKenna. Following that was the Starlight Performers and DJ Mxm. B98.5 came for two hours, as well.

In the morning they ran a successful Children’s Festival featuring Layla Marie Princess Playtime, Freckles the Clown, 501st Legion Star Wars character costumes, and the Jersey Shore DJ's. 

Derion said, "the students had a great time."

Each year the dance marathon is a great success and they hope to see it continue to grow with the help from the students and community. 

"Every minute you help them fight."