Dance marathon raises over $42,000

Dance marathon raises over $42,000 "Doing it for the kids" has been the motto of Dance Marathon here at The University of South Dakota since its inception. This year, Dance Marathon raised over $42,000 for the kids, a $4,000 increase from last year's record-breaking amount of $38,000.

This year marked the eighth year that USD and the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) have teamed up in an effort to raise money for the local CMN chapter.

The success of the event was due to the involvement of USD students, faculty, staff and several local businesses and student organizations. The major sponsors included the Program Council at the USD, Barnes and Noble College Bookstore, Sweetman Partners of Sioux Falls, Sara Lee, Embroidery and Screen Works of Yankton, and Strollers.

USD held its first CMN Dance Marathon in April 1998, the first CMN Dance Marathon in the region. In addition, the university has assisted other schools in organizing a 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 that 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 on the Web at www.usd.edu/dancemarathon.�

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