The South High Marathon Dance (SHMD) is a student run function that raises money for individuals, families and organizations in need of financial assistance. With more than 80 percent of the school’s population participating in this two-day event, the students will be trying to break last year’s record of $762,153.87!
This event has grown from a small dance in the old high school gym to a celebration that brings the entire community together like nothing else. In its 39-year history, the Marathon Dance has raised over $5.6 million for more than 408 beneficiaries, not just within South Glens Falls, but many surrounding communities as well.
After reviewing 150 applications, the student committee has selected the following as beneficiaries of SHMD 2017:
The families of…
Alzheimer’s Association of NE NY
Angel Names Association
Ben Osborn Memorial Fund
CAPTAIN Youth and Family Svc.
Glens Falls Area Youth Center
Glens Falls Hospital Snuggery
Lyme Action Network
Moreau Emergency Squad
Open Door Mission
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
Southern Adk Independent Living
Dedication to New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt
As we come together to celebrate the 40th year of this amazing event, we will pay tribute to our fallen hometown hero, New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt, who died in the line of duty on Oct. 26, 2016. Trooper Pratt was a 1979 graduate of South High and was always proud his class helped launch the Marathon Dance. He saw the dance through its first years, and other than when he was serving our country in the U.S. Air Force, he always had a prominent presence at SHMD. Jeff McCabe, a friend of Tim’s, an original Marathon Dancer in 1978 and a dedicated supporter since year one, will officially dedicate the 40th Marathon Dance to Tim’s memory during the Friday night opening ceremonies.
Donating to the Event
The 2017 Marathon Dance will be held March 3 and 4 at the South Glens Falls Senior High School. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. Friday evening. Community members can donate to the dance in a variety of ways. Each of the 800+ students signed up to participate is required to collect a minimum of $150. Each of the District’s schools, including Oliver W. Winch Middle School, Ballard, Harrison Ave, Moreau, and Tanglewood Elementary will be also conducting Marathon Dance fundraising activities. 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. If you are interested in donating an item please contact us at Donations@SHMD.org.
Community Fundraising Events
There are a significant number of events held prior to the dance in which money is collected, and then donated to the Marathon Dance. Numerous fundraising events have already taken place in support of this year’s event, and more than 20 additional events, listed below, are scheduled to take place between Feb. 1 and the weekend of the dance. For additional information regarding these events, and to learn of new events as they are established, visit the SHMD website at www.shmd.org, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shmdlive, or Twitter @shmdnow. All fundraising activities are subject to approval by the South High Marathon Dance Committee. If you find that an event is not posted here please contact us to verify its legitimacy. If you are interested in conducting an event please contact us at Events@SHMD.org.
Della Honda – Month of February
Cole’s Creations – Now through Tuesday Feb. 28
Apex Solar Power – Now through March 3
Glens Falls National Bank – Now through Feb. 28
Saratoga National Bank – Now through Feb. 28
The Docksider – Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22, and Tuesday, Feb. 21
Fitzgerald’s Steakhouse – Thursday, Feb. 2 and 23
Fat Kid Foods – Friday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 5
Dizzy Chicken – Friday, Feb. 3
Abbott’s – Saturday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 25
Massie’s – Monday, Feb. 6
Talk of the Town – Tuesday, Feb.7
Texas Roadhouse – Thursday, Feb.9
The Acupuncture Studio – Saturday, Feb.11
Custom Fitness – Sunday, Feb. 12
Kingpin’s Alley Galactic Bowling – Friday, Feb.17
Burger King (Glens Falls) – Saturday, Feb. 18
Pizza Jerks (Glens Falls and Lake George) – Friday, Feb.24
Breakfast at St. Michael’s – Sunday, Feb.26
Southy’s – Monday, Feb. 27
Activities and Fundraising at the Dance
Many fundraising activities conducted at the dance itself. Activities include the annual cut-a-thon which will take place throughout the weekend, as well as the sale of Marathon Dance apparel, photos taken at the Dance, massages, hair wraps, face painting and many others. The annual 50/50 raffle provides an opportunity to be one of the many to win a $500 prize. The concession stand provides baked goods, beverages, and a variety of hot lunch and dinner items donated by local businesses and individuals. The live and silent auctions also take place during the dance with a selection of items donated by local businesses and individuals. The silent auction begins Friday evening and ends early Saturday evening, followed by the live auction which begins at 6 p.m.
Visiting the Marathon Dance March 3 and 4
This event is open to the public, from 7 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3, and any time after 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 4. Since the dance has grown immensely, only registered dancers, and others as indicated in the official schedule, are permitted on the dance floor. Additionally, seating is limited in the main gym where the dance takes place; spectators may be directed to alternate viewing areas. Information regarding parking and shuttle busses will be posted as the event approaches.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this wonderful event. It is a truly moving experience to witness a community that comes together to help those in need. Please be sure to visit us on our website at www.shmd.org, and follow us on social media for additional information and to view the Marathon Dance live the weekend of the event!
Student Chair Committee