Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon voted the "Best New Dance Marathon" in the country

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2011-08-19 09:01:01 - General

Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon was held for the first time in April at Coe College where students raised over $25,500 to support local children in need through the Children’s Miracle Network. In mid-June, as the sponsor of the national college Dance Marathon program, Children's Miracle Network chose Cedar Rapids as the "Best New Dance Marathon 2011."

The Cedar Rapids organization was chosen for this award based on the amount of money raised, the way patients and families were incorporated into the Dance Marathon, and the group’s future growth potential. Dance Marathon is a national event lasting from 12-40 hours with the goal to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Why stay on your feet for that long?  To quote the first Dance Marathon’s mission statement: "We dance for those who can't." It is this solidarity to and connection with the cause that makes Dance Marathon an event unlike any other.

The local marathon supports families from the Cedar Rapids area with children that have been, or are being treated at, the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. These children may suffer from a variety of ailments - anything from major injuries and juvenile diabetes to premature births and birth defects. Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon is unique because students from Coe College, Mount Mercy University and Kirkwood Community College collaborate to organize, promote and participate in this experience.

"It wasn't easy, especially for the first year of this event, but I'm so proud of all of them," said Wendy Steffen, Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA at Coe College and advisor of the Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon. "It's a wonderful thing that all the schools in Cedar Rapids can work together for the same cause."

Next year, the Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon will be hosted at Mount Mercy University.