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Children’s Miracle Network Events

The following annual events support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital:

Celebrity Gridiron Challenge: The newest event benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the Celebrity Gridiron Challenge is a two-day event that features a flag football tournament with celebrity appearances and a VIP celebration.
Festival of Trees:  Consisting of a weekend-long silent auction of decorated trees, this event strives to bring the Gainesville community together to kick off the holiday season and support the healthcare needs of our local kids. Community members and businesses have the opportunity to support this event by becoming an event sponsor, donating a decorated tree or attending the event to purchase a tree to take home
Fishing For Kids:  Raising more than $70,000 in its eight years, Fishing For Kids is an annual saltwater trout tournament held in Steinhatchee, FL.  This family-friendly event encourages both youth and adult anglers to compete in an all-day fishing tournament and features a raffle, fish fry, trophies and prizes for the Kids category and a guaranteed payout for tournament winners!
Dance Marathon (UF): Dance Marathon at UF is a yearlong commitment from more than 1,500 students to raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. The event culminates with the weekend celebration where more than 800 dancers stay awake and on their feet for 26.2 hours.
Dance Marathon (FSU): These students “Give a weekend, Save a Life” to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and the FSU College of Medicine’s pediatric outreach programs. In 2009, DM at FSU transitioned from a 32-hour event to a 40-hour event consisting of two 20-hour shifts.
Belt Buckle Ball: Belt Buckle Ball is presented by a committee of Tallahassee residents committed to raising funds and awareness for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in an effort to maintain the bridge to Gainesville for Tallahassee’s local kids.  The event features entertainment, funny-money poker, corn-hole games and an outdoor seated dinner.
National Pancake Day: Proceeds from seven IHOP locations in North Central Florida benefit our local hospital.  Guests are given a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and encouraged to make a donation.
Log a Load: The Log A Load for Kids Ride for Miracles is a wonderful opportunity for the forestry family and beyond to get together for a day of fun and fellowship and join in a worthy cause – helping children from your community! Ride for Miracles is a 26 Mile +/- ride through the beautiful terrain of the South Georgia Amsterdam Tree Farm and incorporates a “Poker Run” along your way.