'The Git Up'

Courtesy of Deaconess

Dr. James Porter (right) and other Deaconess hospital employees doing the two-step as a part of The United Way of Southwestern Indina’s "Git Up UNITED Challenge" on Monday, Aug. 26.

Busting a move -- that's been the new motto for several local companies and businesses who have filmed themselves dancing to Blanco Brown's catchy viral music video "The Git Up," and then posting it on the internet in the past week.

Though, it's all in good fun to help raise awareness for the United Way of Southwestern Indiana's 26th annual Day of Caring, which takes place on Friday, Sept. 13, and involves over 1,200 people volunteering for a day at various locations around the tri-state.

"We wanted a 30 second or more clip of a staff, organization or individuals doing this dance and then challenging others to do it on behalf of United Way getting up on behalf of the community," said United Way corporate relations officer, Sarah Kluemper.

Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Deaconess Women's Hospital, St. Vincent, Orthopaedic Associates, the University of Southern Indiana's dance team, North High School cheer and band, and the Evansville Police Department, were just a few local organizations who participated in the challenge.

Dr. James Porter, who works at Deaconess Gateway in Newburgh, is the chairman of the United Way Day of Caring campaign this year and jump started the video shoot at the hospital.

"I asked our marketing team at Deaconess on ideas on how to raise awareness and they found the Git Up UNITED Challenge and I thought it was fantastic," he said of the inspirational dance videos, which are a popular trend online started by Brown and involves doing the "two-step" and "the cowboy-boogie."

Porter said although his dance skills might not be the most impressive in the video, which has already racked up almost 50,000 views as of press time, it was still a blast to shoot.

"The group I danced with was mainly folks at the GI lab from Gateway -- they were much better dancers than me," he said. "I had practiced a little the night before, so I was not too good, but we had fun and that's what matters."

Porter said their goal this year is to raise $4,250 through the Day of Caring.

"I think (it's) a unique opportunity to see how our entire region can come together to make a difference," he said. "And that money goes right back into our community and helps people who need it."

To check out the Deaconess Gateway Hospital's Git Up Challenge video, check out their Facebook page.

For information on how to participate in the challenge, visit: http://unitedwayswi.org/git-up-united-challenge/?fbclid=IwAR2Gwm57K-HBJXQCjsMtKxo49K1z3z43J7dKcxp_CYeDxUZmNBVe9wN8ePg.

"Folks had fun with it and we all knew it was a great way to promote United Way," he said. "We either had good dancers or people willing to two embarrass themselves -- those were the two options."

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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