Dance Marathon Raises Over $18,000

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The fifth annual Miracle Network Dance Marathon, hosted by For the Kids Middlebury, raised over $18,000 for the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. (For The Kids Middlebury)

By Ellie Reinhardt

The College hosted its fifth annual Miracle Network Dance Marathon last Friday, March 4, as part of a nationwide movement to support local children’s hospitals. The 10-hour event supported the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and included dancing, live student performances, local food and celebrations.

Across the country, chapters of For The Kids from over 300 different schools are hosting their own dance marathons to raise money that will go directly to local hospitals. The money will provide child-life care, research and medical equipment for the children and families these hospitals serve. This year the College raised $18,500, crushing last year’s record of $12,000.

Erin Miller ’16.5, president of the committee organizing the event, said that “For The Kids has been a huge part of my College experience…This event provides students and community members not only the opportunity, but the privilege, to make a difference in numerous patient’s lives.”

The event brought together hundreds of students, town residents and children from the local hospital and this year, there were over 330 registered participants.

“Our campus rarely rallies together in support of a common cause,” Committee Member Rebecca Berry ’16.5 said. “It is an honor, privilege and responsibility for us to fight for the next generation of children in our community. Dance Marathon brings out the best in [the College].”

Although the event already took place, the College’s For The Kids chapter is working to bring their group to the forefront of a movement happening at large colleges and universities around the country. In addition to raising money through the Dance Marathon and other events, they are hosting the Conquering Disease Spring Symposium from April 5-8 this year.​