March 27 2017
Category: Campus Life
The second annual Elmira College Dance Marathon set a new fundraising record at the event held on Saturday, March 25, raising $15, 899.09 in support of the Children’s Miracle Network at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.
“We set a really high goal. I think we all had moments of hesitation where we thought we might not hit it,” said Sophie Poost ’18, decorations and merchandise chair for the event. “Then the day before the event, we knew we had passed our total from last year and hit more than $12,000, and knowing we were so close really energized us toward our goal. When we got to the end of the event and saw the total, saw the $15,899.09, it was shocking and shattered any doubt we had in our ability to make a difference.”
During Saturday’s event, participants danced, engaged in various activities, and stood for the duration of the event to symbolize the struggles experienced by the children served through the Children’s Miracle Network. The twelve-hour event was held at the St. Anthony’s Community Center located on the Elmira College campus.
“The day itself was very long and tiring; many individuals had been there for nearly 17 hours, but seeing that big number and knowing in only two years we had raised more than $25,000 made it worth it,” said Poost ’18. “I was very emotional that whole day as a Children’s Miracle Network graduate and with loved ones still actively receiving their services. I don’t think anyone got through that day tearless, but it is days like that which become imprinted in your memory and on your soul.”
According to Children’s Miracle Network, every minute, 62 children enter a CMN Hospital for treatment. This network of hospitals extends across North America and provides $3.4 billion in charity care annually.
Planning for the 2018 Dance Marathon is already underway. To learn more about getting involved, “like” Elmira College Dance Marathon on Facebook and follow @elmiracollegedm on Instagram and Twitter.