Mamatoga Loves the South High Marathon Dance, March 1st & 2nd

dancemarathon850_1433835_nThere is a ton of buzz about a great event happening in Glens Falls this weekend and I want to tell you all about it. The students at South Glens Falls High School, grades 9-12, will gather this weekend to raise money and will dance for an amazing 28 hours straight, all for local people and charities who need help. The dance began in 1978, with about 50 dancers raising $1,500 to donate to the local Emergency Squad, and has grown to include more than 650 dancers and in 2012 raised more than $395,000. In the 35 years the dance has been held, the students, and community, have raised over $3 Million Dollars!

Organized primarily by the students of South Glens Falls High School, there is a committee formed every year to decide who the recipients will be that year. The student committee also helps decide what costume parties will take place at the dance, a fun, time-honored tradition where the dancers form groups and prepare costumes that match a certain theme.

The dance has donated money to individuals who need handicapped-accessible vans, organ transplants, and motorized wheelchairs. They have helped send terminally ill community members on vacations with their families, helped pay medical expenses, bought gifts for needy children at Christmas and helped purchase major medical equipment for a local hospital. Along with these individuals in need, the dancers have also donated money to organizations like Caritas, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, numerous scholarship funds, and local groups like the community center and fire departments.

Some current recipients for this year are:

  • Anne F. Dennett, a mother who was diagnosed with late stage 4 Breast Cancer that spread to her lungs, brain, bones, liver, and abdomen.
  • Bailey Wind, a student at Shaker High school who was in a severe car accident.  She sustained numerous injuries in the accident.
  • Hannah’s Hope Fund For GAN (the Mamatoga Holiday Issue cover family!)
  • Jake’s Help From Heaven (the Mamatoga Spring Issue cover family!)
  • Project Cameron's Story
  • Lukas Lemery, a 4 year old boy with a brain tumor, the size of a golfball, which is currently shifting around causing more medical problems. The tumor has already caused him to go blind in his right eye. Lukas also has central diabetes insipidus.
  • The Brave Will Foundation

and many, many more, to read the complete list of recipients for this year click right here.

The event is open to the public and I urge all of you to attend at some point over the weekend if you can. For a complete schedule click right here. Can't make it but would love to donate something to help these great causes? Click right here. These students coming together to support others is truly incredible and inspiring, and the help they are providing to our community will be felt for years to come. Bravo to them, can't wait to see them all dance! xoxo