ORONO — University of Maine students are kicking up their heels in the name of pediatric health care.

More than 500 students are taking part in a 12-hour dance marathon being held at the university field house in Orono. The event kicks off Saturday night and ends 12 hours later Sunday morning.

The student-run event, dubbed BearFest, aims to raise $20,000 for Eastern Maine Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics services.