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SHMD 2020 raises $801,281.38 for the community

March 7, 2020


The 43rd annual South High Marathon Dance raised a significant amount of money for local families and charities this year. The total amount, $801,281, was announced during the Marathon’s closing ceremony on March 6. Over the course of the 43-year history of the dance, the students and community have raised more than $8.9 million.

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

SGF High School Principal Pete Mody told students that they have built connections. “You’ve done it by showing people that you understand the intense value that you can give when an entire community wraps its arms around people in need and says, ‘Yeah, we’ve got you.’ The connections and support you’ve created for us and our community–that’s what brings us through the times that are difficult.”

He asked students to make one pledge, “When we walk out of here—live just like we dance.”

SHMD Chairpeople“Beyond the amount of money our students and community raise, the South High Marathon Dance inspires hope,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. “Through this event, you are learning compassion, humility and kindness; and most of all, bringing hope to our community. Hope is something you can never quantify. Hope helps those in our community go on when they have nothing else to encourage them.”

“Each year, I continue to be amazed at what a school and community our size does!” Orr told students at the SHMD Opening Ceremony on Friday night. “As I attend fundraisers leading up to the dance and see our community come together over the course of the weekend, I realize how astounding marathon is—it simply brings people together.

This year Maddie King was the top student fundraiser, raising more than $11,000, 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 $90,000 for SHMD.

This year’s recipients include:


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


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

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

Category: District News, SGFalls HS News