Students Dance to Raise Money for Children's Miracle Network

February 21, 2011

Dance Marathon
Photo by Laura J. Cole

More than 140 Rollins students stayed awake and on their feet for 12.5 hours (in honor of the College's 125th anniversary) to raise money for kids in need of medical treatment. Participating in Miracle@Rollins, a dance marathon benefiting Children's Miracle Network, these students enjoyed a day of dancing, music, games, food and entertainment while raising funds for kids treated at local Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The Glee-themed event challenged the dancers both mentally and physically, symbolizing the challenges faced every day by the children treated at the local Children's Miracle Network affiliated hospitals.

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Miracle families from Central Florida visited throughout the day to inspire dancers by sharing their stories of how Children's Miracle Network has impacted their lives. After Gracyn’s mother shared their story, Gracyn performed a song she had written about her experience.


Children’s Miracle Network representatives were present for the event, visiting with Miracle families, overseeing logistics and interacting with students.

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Every hour, Morale Dancers led the group of students in a Morale Dance, which revitalized the tired fundraisers.


Jane Wurzelbacher, assistant director of student involvement and leadership and co-advisor to Miracle@Rollins, partook in the Glee-themed festivities by dressing up as the show’s villain, Sue Sylvester.

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Rollins’ newest sorority, Delta Zeta, won the event’s Miracle Cup. Collectively, they raised $2,785 for Children’s Miracle Network.


Staff and faculty surprised students at this year's Miracle@Rollins with a dance routine choreographed by Marketing and Communications Coordinator Olivia Horne and Assistant Vice President of Public Relations & Community Affairs Ann Marie Varga, who also serves as co-adviser to Miracle@Rollins. Students clapped and shouted with excitement during the “Singing in the Rain/Umbrella” routine featuring appearances by Interim Provost Laurie Joyner and Dean of Student Affairs Karen Hater. Director of Student Involvement & Leadership Brent Turner and Associate Professor of Spanish Gabriel Barreneche stole the show. Watch the video.

Finishing its fourth year, Miracle@Rollins (Rollins Dance Marathon) is the largest and most successful student-run philanthropy at Rollins College. To date, Rollins Dance Marathon has raised more than $82,000 for Children's Miracle Network and every penny raised goes directly to Shands Children’s Hospital and Arnold Palmer Medical Center.

This year’s Miracle@Rollins event raised $12,350 for Children’s Miracle Network. “I hope that everyone was affected and inspired by the event to support the Children's Miracle Network and other non-profits because in the end, you get back so much more than you give,” said Mary Neville, director of Miracle@Rollins. “I feel like all 150 plus participants were a united front, and I am incredibly grateful.”

Donations for Miracle@Rollins 2011 will continue to be accepted through the end of March. Donate online today.

View more photos from the event.

By Brittany Fornof (Class of 2011)

Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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