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UNMC hosts 24-hour skate-a-thon to raise funds for Parkinson’s research

This weekend will hold the first-ever UNMC Skate-a-thon for Parkinson’s. It is open to the public – skaters and non-skaters alike. The skate-a-thon is the idea of an Omaha couple, Ted and Colleen Wuebben, who have hosted their own skate-a-thon the past three years by flooding their back yard. Colleen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005 at the age of 52.



WHEN: 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, through 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29

WHERE: UNMC Ice Rink, just east of 42nd Street and midway between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street. Nearly every hour of the skate-a-thon will feature fun events. They include:


6 p.m. – Opening ceremony/skating exhibition/Junior Lancers
7 p.m. – Miss Nebraska, Nicky Haverland, a UNMC Parkinson’s researcher, will lead the Dance Party on Ice
8 p.m. – Western hour: Country Kickers America dance group
9 p.m. – Couples skate
10 p.m. - 12 a.m. – Pajama skate
10:30 p.m. – UNO and Creighton hockey teams to sign autographs


1 a.m. – Thriller dance on ice
2 a.m. – Shiver Skate (similar to polar plunge – skaters will skate 10 laps in minimal clothing)
3 a.m. – Fire and Ice Hour
4 a.m. - 6 a.m. – Fiesta time
7-10 a.m. – Morning Meltdown/Family Skate
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Horse and carriage rides available
2 p.m. – Special guest accordion player/skating exhibion
2-5 p.m. – Miss Nebraska, Nicky Haverland, returns to sign autographs
3 p.m. – Ice cream eating contest
4 p.m. – Skating game
5 p.m. – All skate/blanket collection for Native American tribes
6 p.m. – Closing ceremonies/confetti celebration

PARKING: Media are invited to cover any of the skate-a-thon. Park in the curb cutaway area in front of the Sorrell Center (NE corner of 42nd & Emile) or in the parking structure to the south of the curb cutaway (SE corner of 42nd & Emile).

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