The Girl Wonder
Posted - 01/16/2015 : 10:16:40 AM
| Fifth annual UNMC Skate-a-thon to raise funds for Parkinson's research
The 2015 UNMC Skate-a-thon for Parkinson's will be held Jan. 23 and 24.
The event, which will be held in memory of event founder Colleen Wuebben, will run from noon Jan. 23 to noon Jan 24. Proceeds go toward clinical and basic science Parkinson's research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Parkinson's Health Development Program, a non-profit, local program that offers affordable exercises and activities to improve quality of life for persons with Parkinson's.
The opening ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23. Closing ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. on Jan. 24. For the third straight year, Jeremy Maskel, anchor/reporter for NewsWatch Seven (KETV) will emcee the opening ceremony. Montez, on-air radio personality for KISS-FM (96.1), will emcee the closing ceremony.
The previous four skate-a-thons at UNMC netted more than $130,000.
Last year, four skaters skated all 24 hours. This year, four teams have been formed to raise pledges. One member of each team plans to skate all 24 hours. Two of these skaters are Westside High School students.
One of the skaters who skated all 24 hours last year, John Seminara, plans to skate backwards for 12 consecutive hours this year beginning at midnight and going to the event closing at noon.
The public is invited to attend and participate. Cost is $10 for individuals. The registration fee includes skate rental and ice access. People can skate as long as they wish.
The UNMC Ice Rink is located east of 42nd Street, about halfway between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street. A heated tent will allow skaters and spectators a place to stay warm. There also will be hot drinks, food and snacks. Guest emcees will keep the event moving, as skaters groove to continual music.
The Wuebbens came up with the idea for the Skate-a-thon in 2008. Prior to moving the event to UNMC in 2011, they flooded their back yard and held the event at their home for the first three years.
Colleen was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2005 at the age of 52. She died in 2013 at the age of 60.
Skaters and non-skaters can register online or make a pledge here. Walk-in registration also will be available at the event.
Sponsorships are still available. For information on becoming a sponsor, click here.
Schedule of events
Noon: Skating and countdown begins
1 to 2 p.m.: Lunchtime Laps
3 p.m.: Afterschool snack
5 p.m.: Official opening
8 p.m.: Dance Off on Ice (all included)
10 p.m.: Pizza and Pajama Skate
10:30 p.m.: Thrift Shop Giveaway
Midnight: Halfway through photo and countdown check in
1 a.m.: Shiver Skate
2 a.m.: Fire and Ice Hour
3 to 6:30 a.m.: Open skating
6:30 a.m.: Sunrise yoga
8 a.m.: Time to make the donuts
9 a.m.: Dance Party continues
10 a.m.: Hockey Player Special
11 a.m.: Final hour festivities
UNMC’s Ice Rink
The skate-a-thon will take place on UNMC’s Ice Rink, which is located east of 42nd Street about halfway between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street. It is located north of the Sorrell Center and south of the UNMC College of Pharmacy.
"People like Jon and Bridget epitomize what it means to be a fan. Come hell or high water, they're going to be there, and they've really invested a lot of themselves into this program." -- Mike Kemp, Omaha World-Herald, March 16, 2009