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43rd Annual South High Marathon Dance to be held March 6-7

March 2, 2020

SHMD LogoThe South High Marathon Dance (SHMD) is a student-driven event that raises money for individuals, families, and organizations in need of financial assistance. More than 80 percent of the high school’s population participates in this two-day event, which will be held March 6-7, 2020. Students are trying to break last year’s record of $837,859! This event has grown into a celebration that brings the entire community together like nothing else, with activities taking place year-round. In its 42-year history, the Marathon Dance has raised over $8.1 million for more than 530 beneficiaries, not just within South Glens Falls, but many surrounding communities as well. After reviewing roughly 180 applications, the student committee has selected the following as beneficiaries of SHMD 2020:

The families of…

Charles Aiken
Ryan Alger
Jennifer Annis
Lillian Baker
Janet Baker Pratt
David Bennett
Alice Charette
Esme Clark
Connie Himes
Nolan Jacox
Isabella Lauzon
Milana Lefebvre
Joshua McCane
Kelsey Murphy
Robert Murray
Robin Neumann
Nick Clark
Stephanie Rosa
Jennifer Ryan
Danita Shortte
Linda Tucker
Royce Younes

Community Organizations

Adopt A Soldier
Alzheimer’s Association
Angel Names Association
Buddies Blankets and Bears
CAPTAIN Community Human Svc
Dysautonomia International
Food for Thought
Gateway House of Peace
Habitat for Humanity
Kelly’s Angels, Inc.
Moreau Community Center
Rebuilding Together Saratoga Co.
The Open Door Mission
Upstate NY Autism Alliance
Veterans and Community Housing

Opening ceremonies will begin at 7:00 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. You can choose to donate to an individual student’s total online, or the Marathon Dance in general, through the “Donate” tab on our website at The District’s middle and elementary schools also conduct Marathon Dance fundraising activities, including Ballard Elementary Cupcake Challenge, Harrison Avenue Mini-Marathon, Moreau Elementary Glow Dance, and Tanglewood Elementary Walk-AThon. Additionally, Oliver W. Winch Middle School is holding their annual basket raffle through March 3, with drawings March 6. Fifth graders and certain middle school students even have their own time slot to participate at SHMD!

Donating Goods and Services to SHMD

Members of the community and business owners can donate items to be auctioned during the dance itself. All Live and Silent Auction donations must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 21. To donate an item, please contact us at The South High Marathon Dance Inc. is registered with the state of New York as a charitable corporation and has been determined by the IRS to be a public charity under section 501 (c) (3). Accordingly, all donations are tax deductible.

Community Fundraising Events

Since September, numerous fundraising activities have taken place in support of this year’s dance, and many additional events, listed below, are scheduled to take place prior to March 6. For additional information regarding these fundraisers, and to learn of new events as they are established, visit the SHMD website, Facebook page at, or Twitter @shmdnow. All fundraising activities are subject to approval by the South High Marathon Dance Committee. If you find that an activity is not posted here and want to verify its legitimacy or if you are interested in conducting an event, please contact us at

Glens Falls National Bank – Through March 5
Wicks from the Sticks – February 7, 22 and 27
Fitzgerald’s – February 8 and 27
Pretty Hot Mess – February 8
Johnny Rocket’s – February 10 through 14
Coach’s Corner – February 10
Craft on 9 – February 11
Downtown Social DMB Night – February 15
Southy’s Soft Serve – February 21 and 22
Kingpin’s Alley – February 22
Common Roots – February 22
Eagles Club – February 22
Talk of the Town – February 24
Southy’s Pizzeria – February 26
Pizza Jerks – February 28
St. Michael’s Breakfast – March 1

Activities and Fundraising at the Dance

Many fundraising activities are 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, hair wraps, face painting, ice cream 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 a variety of food and beverage options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 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 6:00 p.m.

Visiting the Marathon Dance March 6 and 7

This event is open to the public, from 7 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and any time after 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 7. Only registered participants, and others as indicated in the official schedule, are permitted on the gym floor. Additionally, seating is limited in the main Bulldog gym where the dance takes place; spectators may be directed to alternate viewing areas. Information regarding parking and shuttle buses is available on our website and Facebook page.

For more information, visit our website at

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