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Auburn University Dance Marathon Pledges $500,000 to Local Children's Hospital

One of Auburn University’s own student run organizations is making a big difference in the lives of many families across state borders.

Auburn University Dance Marathon has pledged $500,000 over a five year span to the Children’s Hospital at Columbus Regional Health at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga. and is being recognized with a permanent plaque in their honor.

On Friday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. EST, the hospital is hosting a ceremony to unveil the plaque written in Auburn University Dance Marathon’s honor to be permanently placed in the pediatric emergency department lobby. 

“We are so excited for this opportunity to be further involved in the support of The Children's Hospital and the countless families whose lives will be forever changed by it,” said Amelia Schuyler, AUDM’s vice president of outreach.

With over 250 Dance Marathons nationwide, fewer than ten Dance Marathons have had the opportunity to have something named on their behalf at the hospital they support, according to Sarah Kelly, AUDM’s current president.

At the lobby dedication and reception, The CEO of Columbus Regional Hospital and Auburn University grad, Scott Hill, will be in attendance along with Dr. Bobby R. Woodard, Associate Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs at Auburn University.

Also in attendance will be founder and past president of AUDM, Casey Stein, past president, Will McCann, current president, Sarah Kelly and other Columbus Regional Health and AUDM staff.

“One of the reasons that we chose the pediatric emergency department was because it really embodies what Children’s Miracle Network hospitals are all about in that they are about treating children no matter what they need,” Kelly said. “So it is not just terminal illnesses, it is not just kids that are frequent flyers at the hospital, it is kids who fall off their bike and have a broken arm and come to the emergency department and its kids that come down with the flu. We chose the pediatric emergency department lobby because it is just a really great way to represent what Children’s Miracle Network hospitals embody.”

Auburn University Dance Marathon is a year-round fundraising event that culminates in a 12-hour Dance Marathon to celebrate the money raised.

Since it was founded, three years ago, AUDM has raised over $350,000. With the supports of Children’s Miracle Network, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center at Columbus Regional Health. This hospital aids over 21 counties, including four in Eastern Alabama, one of them being Lee County.

“One of my favorite things about AUDM is that we have the opportunity to be directly involved in the difference that we seek to make,” Schuyler said. “Having been a part of AUDM for the past three years, I've had the privilege to see the life changing effects of our contributions to The Children's Hospital at Midtown Medical Center at Columbus Regional Health firsthand.”

Thanks to AUDM, Auburn University will be making a lasting impact at Columbus Regional Health for years to come.

“This is a legacy that is going to continue long after I am gone from Auburn and the freshmen that come to Dance Marathon this year are gone from Auburn,” Kelly said. “Having a plaque in our honor is a really cool, permanent fixture of Dance Marathon, of our mission and what we stand for.”

To donate to Auburn University Dance Marathon, click here

For information on Auburn University Dance Marathon and how to get involved, click here.

Photos courtesy of Zach Bland 

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