July 28, 2008
The Children's Miracle Network named the Rollins College 2007 Dance Marathon as the "Best New Dance Marathon" out of 17 new dance marathons launched last year nationwide. Members of the Rollins team who produced the event were awarded this national honor at the Children’s Miracle Network Leadership Conference on July 20 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
The Children's Miracle Network also recognized the Rollins College 2007 Dance Marathon as the most successful first-year dance marathon ever produced in the event's 13-year history.
"In their first year, the Rollins College Dance Marathon team executive committee displayed more talent and vision than many seasoned event planners and fundraisers," said Sandy McPherson, director of the Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network. "We are grateful to all the students who participated in any way, from dancers to volunteers to sponsors. Their generous support will impact thousands of children who come to Shands Children's Hospital and Arnold Palmer Hospital for treatment."
Dance Marathon is the largest and most successful student-run philanthropy at Rollins College. The 12-hour marathon got 132 Rollins students to their feet to help raise funds for children treated at the Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Every penny raised goes directly to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando and the Shand’s Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida. In its inaugural year, Rollins College Dance Marathon raised $35,151 exceeding their goal of $20,000.
The second annual Rollins College Dance Marathon will be held on Saturday, November 15 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Children's Miracle Network began in 1983 to actively support better health care for kids. Today more than 170 hospitals throughout the United States and Canada, specializing in treating children, make up Children's Miracle Network. The organization is unique in that 100 percent of the money raised locally stays in the local community to benefit the participating Children's Miracle Network hospital.