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Award-winning Dance Marathon Thinking Big

November 2013

Neon orange shirts and lime green shorts were a mark of Ambrosian distinction at the Quad City Marathon in September. That was the uniform of the day for 68 SAU students who ran the race to raise awareness of the SAU Dance Marathon.

In July, last year's event was named the Best New Dance Marathon in the nation after raising $48,000 for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

"We were up against some giant schools," Dance Marathon Executive Director and senior nursing student Amanda McClure said. "To be able to get that recognition at a conference with 300 other Dance Marathon groups in attendance was just wonderful."

Now, get used to seeing the neon shirts and shorts. Involvement on campus is growing for the 2014 Dance Marathon, which will be held April 5. At Club Fest in September, more than 300 students signed up to learn more about the cause.

The Dance Marathon group got started on achieving an ambitious goal of raising $60,000 with a "For The Kids Week" fundraising push in mid-November.

"Last year our goal was $15,000 and we ended up with almost $50,000," McClure noted. "So who knows what we'll raise this year?"

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