April 08, 2010


On Saturday, March 31, more than 70 Mount Union College students laced up their dancing shoes for 12 hours of moving and grooving. These students were ready to endure the 2nd Annual Mount Union Dance Marathon, which raised $8,153 for the Children's Hospital Medical Center of the Akron's Children's Miracle Network.

After raising $2,300 last year for the Network, the 2001 committee set a goal of $5,000 in donations and sponsorships, only to be surpassed by a total of over $8,000 in funds.

"We are all very happy with how things turned out this year," said senior Xanath Lang, chairman of the event. "To quadruple our donations from the previous year is quite an achievement."

From noon to midnight, dancers were on their feet playing games and constantly learning new dances, taught by junior Carissa Steumpges, who was morale chairman of the event and who will go on to co-chair the entire marathon in 2002. Dancers learned a variety of new dances ranging from country to disco.

"It was fun choreographing the dances," Steumpges said. "Everyone was really enthusiastic about the whole event."

Dancers also participated in a banner competition, a karaoke contest, penny drives and donation contests. In addition, the dancers had the opportunity to meet families whose children benefit from the services provided by the Network.

"Seeing the kids made the day even more meaningful," commented junior Mara Baker, who danced Saturday. "Although it was a lot of hard work, I know it was definitely worth it."

Faculty and staff of the college, as well as members of the community, also stopped in throughout the day to watch the dancers, meet the families and give support to the organization. "We couldn't have done it without the help of the community and the college's staff members," Lang said. "We also owe a lot to the sponsors who provided us with everything from pizza to pop to T-shirts. They contributed a lot to the success of this event."

Formed in 1983, the Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that assists families with hospitalized children.

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