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SHMD 2015 raises unprecedented $621,680

March 7, 2015

SHMD 2015The 38th annual South High Marathon Dance raised an unprecedented $621,680, which was announced during the closing ceremony on March 7. The 2015 total surpasses the $583,015.44 that the students and community raised last year.

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 44 recipients—both individuals and organizations from South Glens Falls and neighboring areas.

“Now we all know that South Glens Falls is not a big city,” said South Glens Falls High School Principal Carla Biviano. “It’s a small town, but it’s a small town with a big heart and a community of people that represent America’s finest.”

This year Brooke Snyder was the top fundraiser, raising $12,003, 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 $57,000 for SHMD.

“Bulldogs, you did it! Congratulations!” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “On behalf of our board of education, our administration, our teachers and support staff, we can’t be more proud of you and the efforts you put in. It’s an incredible achievement for this community to come together. You truly have made a difference in many people’s lives and your love and support for the recipients continues to grow every year.”

The dance itself, which was streamed live at, has grown each year since its inception in 1977. The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together. Over the course of the last 37 years, SHMD has raised more than $4.2 million for more than 321 beneficiaries. This year, the total raised in 38 years hits approximately $4.8 million.

This year, Elise Stefanik, a member of the United States House of Representative in New York’s 21st congressional district, attended the dance.

“Over past two years I talked a lot about a new generation of leadership, but ladies and gentlemen, what we’ve seen tonight, this is a new generation of leadership,” she said. “When we look at this community here today, I know that the future is bright and I am so honored to be here as a young representative, representing this community in Washington.”

In addition, Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner, Assembly District 113, also attended the dance.

“You are an inspiration to everybody in this room,” Woerner said. “You have done something so amazing. You changed lives.”

This year’s recipients include:

  • ALS Regional Center
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY
  • Angel Names Association
  • Ashley Talbot
  • Brian Bradley
  • C.R. Wood Cancer Center at GFH
  • Caritas
  • Christopher Johnston
  • Cindy’s Comfort Camp
  • Craig Dickenson
  • Creative Kidz Café of Upstate NY
  • Danielle Darrow
  • David Joseph Thompson
  • Duane Hafley
  • Eddie Ryan
  • Emma North
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Partnership
  • Family of Benjamin Simpson
  • Family of Melvin Jacobie
  • Family of Michael Thiel
  • Habitat for Humanity (Warn/Wash/Sara Counties)
  • Helen Cordiale
  • Jennifer Annis
  • Kaitlyn Daniels
  • Karen Rose
  • Keyon Jace Marshall
  • Leo Ross
  • Lyme Action Network
  • Maddison Lepine
  • Marina Maldonado
  • Mary Johnson
  • Missy Howe
  • Nora Johnston
  • Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
  • Rhonda Barnes
  • Sandra Wilkins
  • Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center
  • Stephen Farrell
  • Suzanne Poudrier
  • The Open Doors Mission
  • Timothy Breen
  • To Life! Saratoga in honor of Keri Lyn Walsh
  • Toni Lyng
  • Town of Moreau Recreation

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