“Auburn University Dance Marathon means hope, it means healing, it means life,” said Kim Samson, the Manager of Children’s Miracle Network at the Columbus Medical Center, when asked what Auburn University Dance Marathon means to her.
Last year, AU Dance Marathon partnered with Children’s Miracle Network at Columbus Regional Hospital to raise funds for their patients. The program made a huge impact on the hospital. AU Dance Marathon is more than just a philanthropy event to Samson it is a miracle maker.
In February, the program raised $65,995 and was named the “Best New Dance Marathon” in the nation. It was a successful first year, to say the least. This year, AU Dance Marathon is back for round two.
The yearlong fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network has started. “Campus is already buzzing with excitement and anticipation for this year’s event. At O-days, there was a huge interest to participate from the students. The families at Columbus Regional Hospital are also already planning to come,” said second year president, Casey Stein.
This year, AU Dance Marathon has continued to grow. “The staff has nearly tripled and so have the goals and ambitions of every staff member. With over 120 members working towards the event in February, AU Dance Marathon will take another huge step forward,” said Stein.
AU Dance Marathon is fairly new compared to other University’s programs and national dance marathons. “AU Dance Marathon produces the turn out rate, fundraising total and level of entertainment equal to that of national events that have been around for over a decade,” Stein said.
One of the main goals of this year’s staff is to make AU Dance Marathon an Auburn tradition. Staff members are working hard to show the campus and the community the AU Dance Marathon spirit.“AU Dance Marathon is addicting. Once you get to the event, you’re going to be hooked. You’re going to see the wonderful things that AUDM does and how you’re actually saving children’s lives,” Samson said.
Students wanting to get involved in AU Dance Marathon are encouraged to register as a participant. Registration is open until the day of the event on Feb. 2. After registering, participants can then form dancer teams.
The main event is a 12-hour long celebration and count down to the reveal of how much was raised throughout the year. Each hour of AU Dance Marathon has a theme, guest speakers and activities. “The most special part of the event to me, is seeing the hospital’s families have fun and saying thank you to the participants for their efforts,” Stein said.
According to Stein, this is a must-do Auburn experience. “The feeling of seeing the numbers of the total rise and knowing that all the hard work has paid off is indescribable.”
For more information visit audancemarathon.com or contact Casey Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org