Greetings from Loras College’s Duhawk Dance Marathon. As you read this article, we are busily working around the clock in preparation for our big event on April 20. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dance Marathon, we are the largest student-run philanthropic organization on campus. We support families at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital both emotionally and financially.
What makes Duhawk DM so special is that we are recognized nationally as the #1 per capita fundraising school, beating out schools such as the University of Iowa, UCLA and University of Florida. This is a title that we have earned the past three years! Go Duhawks! Last year we raised over $155,000 and this year our goal is $163,000!
Ever since the culmination of last year’s event, we have been working hard on the 2013 event. Exciting things are happening this year as we move the time of our event to 12:00 noon-12:00 midnight and open it up to the public. In the past we have danced through the night, this year we will be celebrating during the day in order to bring about new opportunities. All are welcome to attend and join in on our amazing celebration as we celebrate some of the bravest kids you will ever meet.
Right now students are working hard to fundraise, recruit, organize event details and, most importantly, continue to be a support for our Miracle Families. Over 300 students will be participating in our event this year, and all of them are contributing in one or all of the ways previously mentioned. Dance Marathon is a great way to generate student leadership and help students develop professionally.
“I have not only become a better person by participating in Dance Marathon, I have become a better leader. Every time someone mentions DM, I smile from ear to ear and think about all of the great memories I have from volunteering for our kiddos. I am looking forward to our event in April where I get to stand on my feet and celebrate for 12 hours, FTK! (For The Kids),” stated Abigail Potts
(’13) (Dubuque, Iowa).
Senior Andrew Kelchen
(’13) (Cascade, Iowa) added, “There is always something more you can do to better someone else’s life. It’s not about us, it’s about the kids in the hospital and making sure we are making a difference for them. I can think of no better way to be a part of something bigger than myself.”
If you are looking to help out, you can visit our website at www.lorasdm.org
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
DM President 2013