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SHMD 2016 raises unprecedented $762,153.87

March 5, 2016

DSC_1449The 39th annual South High Marathon Dance raised an unprecedented $762,153.87, which was announced during the closing ceremony on March 4. The 2016 total surpasses the $621,680 that the students and community raised last year, and pushes the total amount raised to more than $5 million over the 39-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 43 recipients—both individuals and organizations from South Glens Falls and neighboring areas.

“You represent the highest standard of character, and as your principal, I am very proud of you,” said South Glens Falls High School Principal Carla Biviano.

SHMD1This year Maddie C. was the top student fundraiser, raising $15,679, among many other students who raised thousands of dollars. The top 15 dancers raised more than $105,000. 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 $62,000 for SHMD.

“We are so proud of you!” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Patton. Dr. Patton thanked the hundreds of volunteers, and families who support the dance, and asked for a special round of applause for the district’s “littlest Bulldogs,” (our elementary school students) who are the future of SHMD.

The dance itself, which was streamed live at shmdlive.org, 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 38 years, SHMD has raised more than $4.8 million for more than 321 beneficiaries. This year, the total raised in 39 years hits approximately $5.5 million.

After reviewing 180 applications, the student committee selected the following as individuals and organizations as recipients of the 2016 Marathon Dance:

Recipients roomEd Allen
Pam Barker
The Barnes Family
Barbara Belden
Julie Coon
Matthew David
Tammy Deuel
Marshall Freebern
Peter & Phillip Frolish
Shannon Garnsey
Jay Honsinger
Missy Howe
Rev. Charles Huff
Jeffery Jackson
Reese Johnson
Thomas Ketcham
Harper Kirk
Andrea Leombruno
Sereia Lillibridge
Gabby Lincoln
Daniel Mantia
Nicholas Mead
Kellan Morehouse
David Ovitt
The Perkins Family
Dane Quackenbush
The Sherman Family
Kacey-Hannah Sisco
Johnny Sorgie
Joelle Sutliff
Kathleen Sweet
Joellen Thompson
Joanne Topolski
Rhyan Towne
Celina Winchip
Angel Names Association
Lyme Action Network
Moreau Community Center
Open Door Mission
Project: Cameron’s Story
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
Southern Adk Indep. Living (SAIL)
The Ben Osborn Memorial Fund

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