Dance Marathon at USD to raise money for CMN

The University of South Dakota�s Dance Marathon and the City of Vermillion are making a difference this February for local sick and injured children. During �Miracle Month,� proceeds raised from businesses and charitable donations go to the Sanford Children�s Miracle Network.

Dance Marathon at USD has partnered with area businesses to help raise awareness for its 2011 event, which is March 26-27 at USD, as well as raise funds for the region�s only Children�s Miracle Network hospital, Sanford Children�s Hospital in Sioux Falls. Now in its 14th year, Dance Marathon at USD is the largest student-run philanthropy organization in the state of South Dakota. Dance Marathon has donated more than $300,000 to creating miracles at Sanford Children�s Hospital by raising year-long funds that culminate in a 24-hour event that celebrates children and families. In 2010, USD Dance Marathon raised $38,000.

Funds received through Children�s Miracle Network Hospitals at Sanford Children�s Hospital directly impacts the lives of children and their families by providing assistance in travel, lodging, food, direct support and medical expenses. Children�s Miracle Network Hospitals care for 17 million sick and injured children nationwide.

�This is Dance Marathon�s and the city of Vermillion�s way of honoring Sanford Children�s Miracle Network, local sick and injured children and the miracles created daily,� said Dzenan Berberovic, a contemporary media and journalism major from Sioux Falls and chair of USD Dance Marathon. �In the same sense that Dance Marathon has touched thousands of lives, Sanford Children�s Hospital continues to do so 365 days a year.�

Local businesses participating in Miracle Month include Pump �n Pak, one cent of every gallon of gas as well as in-store promotions; Tan World, $2 packages during Valentine�s Day week; Hy-Vee, 50 cents of every student Chinese meal purchased from the Wednesday buffet; Carey�s, 25 percent of certain drinks every Wednesday; U.brew�s �Mochas for Miracles,� 50 cents of every Mocha sold every Thursday; and CiCi�s Pizza in Sioux Falls will host the �Battle of the Buffets� fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 26.

To learn more about USD Dance Marathon and Children�s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit http://www.wix.com/usouthdakotadm/usd-dance-marathon.

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