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37th Annual South High Marathon Dance to be held this weekend

March 6, 2014

SHMD1The South High Marathon Dance is a student-run function that aims to raise money for individuals, families, and organizations in need of financial assistance.  It will be held March 7-8 at South Glens Falls High School. With over half of the school’s population attending this two-day event, the goal of the students is to try to break last year’s record of raising over $489,000! 

The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together.  In its 36 year history, the Marathon Dance has raised over 3.6 MILLION DOLLARS for more than 283 beneficiaries not just within South Glens Falls, but many surrounding communities as well.  This year the student committee has chosen the following as recipients of funds raised from the 2014 Marathon dance:

  • Amy Austin
  • Benjamin Simpson
  • Chloe Kilmartin
  • Cora Rosa Gargano
  • Crystal Marie Gates
  • Daniel French
  • Elizabeth Barcomb
  • Frank Ellsworth
  • Jacqueline and Randy Tyner
  • Jeremiah Casey
  • Jillian Harrington
  • JoEllen DeLuca
  • Kobel Family
  • Lauren Rowan
  • Marie Law
  • Mary Lieberman
  • Matthew Sorano
  • Melia Steed
  • Nicholas Rychcik
  • Nick Heald
  • Nola Byrne
  • Pj Viger
  • Sarah Harrison-Pautard
  • Sasha Blake
  • Theodore McClouth
  • Timothy Brimmer
  • Tom Collins
  • Tracey L DelVecchio
  • Wendy Morin
  • CAPTAIN Family Services
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Hannah’s Hope Fund for GAN
  • Mollie Wilmot Center
  • Rebuilding Together Sar. County
  • Saratoga Center for the Family
  • The Moreau Community Center
  • Verhonica’s Butterflies
  • Warren Washington CARE Center
  • Wilton Food Pantry

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 790 students participating is required to collect a minimum of $150.  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.

Much of the money raised is collected at the dance itself.  Kip Dare of Kipper’s Clippers is organizing the annual cut-a-thon throughout the weekend.  Marathon Dance apparel and photos taken at the dance are sold throughout the event.  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.

As a result of the large number of dancers this is not an open dance.  For their protection and safety only registered high school dancers, middle school basket raffle winners and registered 5th graders will be allowed to take part in the dancing activities.  All others will not be allowed on the dance floor.  The dance is open to the public from 7:30 pm until 10:30 pm on Friday and any time after 6:30 am on Saturday. All students below grade nine will need to be accompanied by an adult any time they are at the dance.  Please do not drop your children off at the dance without a parent being present with them.  This includes the 5th grade dance time and when the middle school basket raffle winners are dancing.

Please be reminded that there is on sight parking for recipients and handicap parking only.  Shuttles are available from Tanglewood Elementary, Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Mr. Bills and Kingpin’s Alley, We hope that you will be able to partake in this wonderful event.  It is a truly moving experience to witness a community that comes together to help those in need.  Please visit the Marathon dance’s website at www.shmd.org for more information about the dance and this year’s recipients.  We hope to see you this weekend!

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