On Friday, February 23rd, the first ever Mini Dance Marathon was held at the high school. Approximately 80 Hudson students attended the event along with three staff chaperones and members of the UNI Dance Marathon team!
Dance Marathon is a movement benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for pediatric hospitals across North America. Children’s Miracle Network is the only children’s charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kid.
The evening consisted of games, concessions, prize drawings and of course – dancing! A special guest attended the event also. Alicia Smiley from Cedar Falls, shared her story about her experience with the University of Iowa Children’s hospital when her daughter was diagnosed with a very rare brain tumor at the age of 5! Her daughter is now tumor free and is in the 8th grade!
At the end of the evening, came the big reveal! The goal was to raise $1000. With the help of the students, staff and community, we raised $1,980! The money raised will be presented to UNI at their Big Event on Saturday, March 3rd! They will then present all of the money they have raised to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital at the University of Iowa. UNI’s goal is to raise $50,000!
We are grateful to everyone who helped to make the event a great success – the many Hudson students who volunteered their time, Terri Kelly, who donated two Pirate sweatshirts, KJ & Kompany for a $25 gift card, Koch Specialties for helping with the t-shirts. The Hudson staff members donated money on several occasions, and Bill Colwell Ford for accepting our challenge to match the funds raised by the K-12 staff!