“Fight the Night…Rock the Clock.” That’s the motto for the 37th Annual South High Marathon Dance in the South Glens Falls High School Gym. Over the years, the 24-hour fest has raised over $3.6 million for charity and members of their community. It’s donated to over 280 causes and individuals.
A committee of students plans the dance. The first dance drew about 50 people. This year they expect more than 800.
In March 2013 the students, and the community that supports them, raised $489,716 bringing our grand total, over 36 years, to more than $3,637,443.
In 2014, the students who plan the dance selected 39 worthy causes to donate their funds to. More than 80% of the school’s population participates in the dance.
RELEASE FROM SOUTH HIGH
The South High Marathon Dance is a student run function that aims to raise money for individuals, families, and organizations in need of financial assistance. With over 80% of the school’s population attending this two day event, the goal of the students is to try to break last year’s record of raising over $489,000!
The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together. In its 36 year history, the Marathon Dance has raised over $3.64 M for more than 283 beneficiaries not just within South Glens Falls, but many surrounding communities as well. This year the student committee has chosen the following as recipients of funds raised from the 2014 Marathon Dance:
CAPTAIN Youth & Family Svc.
Epilepsy Foundation of NENY
Cora Rosa Gargano
Hannah’ Hope Fund for GAN
Crystal Marie Gates
Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
Saratoga Center for the Family
The Moreau Community Center
Jacqueline and Randy Tyner
Warren Washington CARE Center
Wilton Food Pantry
Tracey L DelVecchio
The 2014 Marathon Dance will be held on March 7th and 8th at the South Glens Falls Senior High School. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. Community members can donate to the dance in a variety of ways. Each of the 800+ students participating is required to collect a minimum of $150. In addition to monies collected by the students, members of the community and business owners can donate items to be auctioned during the dance itself.
There are a significant number of events held prior to the dance in which money is collected, and then donated to the Marathon Dance. A brief summary of many of the events being held prior to the dance are listed below. Please visit the SHMD website at www.shmd.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shmdlive for additional information regarding these events, and new events as they are established.