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An 18-hour dance marathon to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and funds for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will take place in early March.

The “Step Up and Dance For Alzheimer’s” event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and run until noon the next day in Sinful Nightclub, 334 Delaware Ave. It is the first-ever dance-themed event to raise money for the local organization, planners with the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association said.

A $20 fee covers registration for the event, which is alcohol-free for all participants. Music, food and beverages will be available, as will games and prizes, organizers said.

To register, see the dance event website at [URL]www.stepupforalz.com;http://www.stepupforalz.com/[URL]. Information is also available on the association’s website, [URL]www.alz.org/wny;http://www.alz.org/wny.

/[URL]Registrations must be made in advance by Wednesday.

The phone number for the Western New York chapter of the association is (800) 272-3900.