USD Dance Marathon has record-breaking year "Doing it for the kids" has been the motto of Dance Marathon at The University of South Dakota since its inception. This year Dance Marathon raised $38,000 "for the kids," a $20,000 increase from last year's record-breaking amount of $17,500.
This year marked the seventh year that USD and the Children's Miracle Network have teamed up in an effort to raise money for the local CMN chapter. Over the previous six years, Dance Marathon raised more than $80,000 and this year's success brought the seven year total well above the $100,000 mark.
The success of the event was due to the involvement of University of South Dakota students, faculty, staff and several local area businesses and student organizations. The major sponsors included the Program Council at USD, Barnes and Noble College Bookstore, Modern Woodmen of America, Sweetman Partners of Sioux Falls, Muth Electric, and Strollers.
The executive committee of Dance Marathon had set a goal of raising $20,000 and participation of 101 dancers at the event. Thanks to the great support across campus, 175 dancers participated in the event and made it possible to surpass the $20,000 goal.
USD held its first CMN Dance Marathon in April 1998 and continued to lead the way by hosting the first CMN Dance Marathon in the region and has continued to build upon the success of previous year's events. In addition, USD has assisted other schools in organizing dance marathon on their campuses.
Dance Marathon is a nationwide, student run philanthropy that raises money for Children's Miracle Network. At USD. Dance Marathon is a lot more than just dancing, it's a 24 hour event packed with all sorts of exciting games, fun, and food.
More information about the history of Dance Marathon at USD is available at www.usd.edu/dancemarathon/.