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SHMD 2019 raises $837,859.97 for the community

March 2, 2019

SHMDThe 42nd annual South High Marathon Dance raised $837,859.97, which was announced during the Marathon’s closing ceremony on March 2. The 2019 total surpasses the approximately $831,191 that the students and community raised last year, and pushes the total amount raised to more than $8.1 million over the 42-year history of the dance.

The total for this year’s dance follows months of work, fundraising, and of course, a 24-hour dance marathon in the gym at South High. The money will benefit 39 recipients—both individuals and organizations from South Glens Falls and neighboring areas.

“When the world says that teenagers are self centered… your actions say, ‘No.’ You show the world what it is capable of being. You show the world what our future can be; what our future will be; you show it the power that a dedicated, compassionate group of human beings can accomplish if you just believe,” said South Glens Falls High School Principal Pete Mody.

“I don’t care about the number. I don’t think the number tells the whole story. My belief is that your community, your school, your recipients—they don’t care about the number either. We don’t care about numbers. We believe in you.”

On Friday night, Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr talked about that Marathon spirit. “For me, Marathon is more than a moment,” she said. “Marathon is more than a day. Marathon is in the hearts and souls of all of us every day. It is our way of life!”

This year Hunter Clark was the top student fundraiser, raising more than $12,000, among many other students who raised thousands of dollars. In addition to the students, scores of local businesses held fundraisers for the community, which added thousands to the total amount raised. The elementary schools and the middle school students and families raised more than $78,000 for SHMD.

This year’s recipients include:

The families of…

Shannon Beckwith
Debbie Bujanowski
Richard Cook
David Cooper Sr.
Gregory and Mary Cross
Francis Decrescenzo
Mason Devine
Stephan Dodge
Bobbi Fitzgerald
Teagan Klingenberg
Ashlynne Marra
John Miner
Dillin Nelson Jr.
James Newell
Brayden Passino
Gabrielle Potter
Codey Pulver
Star Regimbald
Robert Rizzo
Nathan Salazar
Alex Sherman
Kaitlyn Tracy
Tony Trapasso
Lou Vinciguerra
Christopher Whalen
Heather Whitney
James Woodell
Karen Wrobel

And the following community organizations…

Alzheimer’s Association

Angel Names Association
Bridging People and Places
Buddy Blankets and Bears
Glens Falls Area Youth Center
Moreau Community Center
Open Door Mission
Rebuilding Together Saratoga
Strength in Numbers
Stride Adaptive Sports
Upstate NY Autism Alliance


The dance itself, which was streamed live at, has grown each year since its inception in 1978. The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together.


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