Up on the roof: USD student raises funds for children Chris Beiswanger, a senior at The University of South Dakota, began fund raising efforts for Dance Marathon 2001 when he climbed on the roof of the Coyote Student Center (CSC) on the USD campus at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Beiswanger was prepared to stay until he raised $1,500 for the Children's Miracle Network. Unfortunately, his fund raising effort was cut short before he reached his goal because of freezing rain, gusty winds and administrative concerns.
Rick Haught, director of the CSC, made the decision to ask Beiswanger to come down.
"When I found out that Chris had lost the feeling in his feet I knew it wasn't worth the risk for him to stay up there, and I knew that he would not come down on his own. So I asked him to come down," Haught said.
Beiswanger was convinced he could reach his goal but came down willingly at 3:30 p.m., after sitting on the roof for over six hours. CSC students and staff continued to hand him donations and encouraged him to go up on the roof another day.
At the final count for the day, Beiswanger had managed to raise nearly $1,000 for the marathon. Genevieve Evans Taylor, dance marathon advisor, said, "Once again I am proud of Chris's efforts. He is extremely creative in his fund raising, and his dedication is admirable."
Beiswanger is the son of Lori Munk and Dan Beiswanger of Sioux Falls. During the 1999 dance marathon as a dancer he received the Platinum Sponsor Award for raising over $1,200. Last year, as the dance marathon fund raising chair, Beiswanger sat on the CSC roof for 13 hours and managed to raise $1,000 for the dance marathon. He raised over $5,200 of the $15,000 raised for the 2000 dance marathon. Earlier this year Beiswanger was recognized by the Children's Miracle Network with The Leaders Club Award.