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Forty-first annual South High Marathon Dance will support 42 beneficiaries

January 26, 2018

South High Marathon DanceThe South High Marathon Dance (SHMD) is a student run function that raises money for individuals, families and organizations in need of financial assistance. This year’s event will be held Friday, March 2-March 3, 2018, at South Glens Falls High School.

With over 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 $823,614! 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 40-year history, the Marathon Dance has raised over $6.4 million for more than 448 beneficiaries, not just within South Glens Falls, but many surrounding communities as well. After reviewing roughly 100 applications, the student committee has selected the following as beneficiaries of SHMD 2018.

The families of…
Kimberly Bartlett
Lexi Beecher
Aurora Bombard
Joseph (Joey) Brown
Carmella Childs
James Doriski
Ingrid Engelhard
Jason Fuller
Cora Gargano
Steve Gillingham
JP Honsinger
Austin Lane
Brock Lescault
James Manning
Keyon Marshall
Fawn McCall
Dan McCane
Austin Naylor
Thomas O’Sullivan
Brandy Palmer
Heather Palmer
Jennifer Park
Elizabeth (Carol) Porter
Adam Powers
Lorraine Powers
Rhyan Towne
Brian Washburn
Bryan Watkins
Tabitha Wren
Ashley Young

Community Organizations
Alzheimer’s Assn. of NE NY
Angel Names Association
Ben Osborn Memorial Fund
Bridging People and Places
CAPTAIN Youth and Family Svc.
Family Service Assn. of Glens Falls
Glens Falls Area Youth Center
Moreau Community Center
Nick’s Fight to be Heald Foundation
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
Spina Bifida Assn. of NE NY
Woofs for Warriors

Donating to the Event
The 2018 Marathon Dance will be held March 2 and 3 at the South Glens Falls Senior High School. 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. 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

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 many additional events, listed below, are scheduled to take place between January 25 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, 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 event is not posted here please contact us to verify its legitimacy. If you are interested in conducting an event please contact us at

Apex Solar – January through June
Glens Falls National Bank – January 15 through February 23
Fitzgerald’s – Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 22
Dizzy Chicken Wood-Fired Rotisserie – Friday, January 26, Monday, February 12, and February 26
Adirondack Thunder – Saturday, January 27
Dango’s on Maple Street – Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 24
Southy’s Pizzeria – Tuesday, January 30 and Tuesday, February 27
The Barnsider – Wednesday, January 31
The Docksider – Every Tuesday and Wednesday in the month of February
Go-For Fitness – Saturday, February 3
Massie’s – Monday, February 5
Abbott’s Corner Grill – Saturday, February 10
*Texas Roadhouse – Sunday, February 11
Craft on 9 – Friday, February 16
Kingpin’s Alley – Saturday, February 17
Coach’s Corner – Sunday, February 18
Talk of the Town Restaurant – Monday, February 19
Pizza Jerks – Friday, February 23
Common Roots Brewing Company – Sunday, February 25
SHMD Breakfast at St. Michael’s Church – Sunday, February 25
*Must bring printed flyer posted on SHMD website

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 6:00 p.m.

Visiting the Marathon Dance March 2 and 3
This event is open to the public, from 7:00 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and any time after 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3. 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.

2018 Public Schedule

Friday, March 2

5:15 p.m.
Public Shuttle Busses Begin Running

5:30 p.m.
Old Gym open for sales, New Gym open for seating

7 p.m.
Dance Begins

8:30 p.m.
Alumni Meeting – Auditorium

9:15 p.m.
Change for Costume Party ~ “Childhood Fear”

9:30 p.m.
Costume Party Begins

10:15 p.m.
Costume Party Winners Announced

10:25 p.m.
Dancers Return to Rooms to Change

10:30 p.m.
Building Secure – All non-mandatory personnel leave – Jr/Sr Snack Break, Frsh/Soph return to Gym

11 p.m.
Public Shuttle Buses End

11:15 p.m.
Freshmen & Sophomore Snack Break, Juniors & Seniors return to gym

Saturday, March 3

12 a.m.
All students return to rooms for attendance – Students change for Neon Power Hour

12:30 a.m.
Resume Dancing

1 a.m.
Golden Ticket Winners Announced

2 a.m.
Mr. Myott’s Variety Show

3 a.m.
Neon Power Hour

4 a.m.
Sleep Break

5:30 a.m.
Breakfast begins being served

6:15 a.m.
Breakfast wake-up call

7 a.m.
Resume Dancing – Public allowed back in building – Shuttle Busses Resume

7:45 a.m.
Language Dance Classes

8 a.m.
Middle School Basket Raffle Winners Dances

9 a.m.
Middle School Leaves – Change for Costume Party ~ “Best Caveman Family”

9:30 a.m.
Costume Party Begins

10:15 a.m.
Costume Party Winners Announced

10:30 a.m.
Change Break for All Dancers

10:45 a.m.
Resume Dancing – 5th Graders Dance

11:45 a.m.
5th Graders Leave Dance

12 p.m.
Juniors & Seniors Lunch Break

12:45 p.m.
Juniors & Seniors return to gym – Freshmen & Sophomore lunch break

1 p.m.
Swing Dancers

1:30 p.m.
Change for Costume Party ~ “Adulting 101” (Fresh/Soph complete lunch break)

1:45 p.m.
Costume Party Begins

2:30 p.m.
Costume Party Winners Announced

2:45 p.m.
Dancer change break

3 p.m.
All dancers return to gym; Recognition: Prizes, Awards, Plaques, and Check Presentations

4 p.m.
Juniors & Seniors Pack Up and then Dinner Break (Dancer shirts on)

4:45 p.m.
Freshmen & Sophomores Pack Up and then Dinner Break (Dancer shirts on) Jr/Sr return to gym

5 p.m.
Silent Auction Concludes

5:30 p.m.
Freshmen & Sophomores return to gym

6 p.m.
Live Auction, 50/50 and Raffle Winners Announced

6:45 p.m.
Sales in old gym and concession stand conclude

7 p.m.
Bags may be picked up by parents

7:30 p.m.
Awards & Total

10:30 p.m.
Dance Ends

11 p.m.
Shuttle Buses Stop Running

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