DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College Dance Marathon raised $216,061 for the Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital on April 29, a $15,000 increase over last year. The student-led event has raised more than $1.8 million for the hospital and the network.
More than 250 dancers, 150 miracle family members, and countless alumni and corporate sponsors took part in the daylong event.
“I was amazed by the love and support throughout our twelfth event,” said senior Hannah Fritts. “What really amazed me was the support the families gave to us. One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing the families come up on stage to show their gratitude for us by not only saying ‘thank you,’ but going above and beyond by raising money themselves. This, to me, really showed how strong our respect for each other is and how our work is a joint effort.”
Miracle families shared experiences of having a child receive care at the Children’s Hospital each hour of the 12-hour marathon. Some of the hours were dedicated to “miracle angels,” children who lost their battle with illness.
Individual participants, through mini-marathons held at area schools, corporate donations, and several student-organized events, raised funds throughout the year. This year was special because alumni, families, and students came together to recognize Loras College Dance Marathon Advisor Kim Walsh who will be stepping down as advisor after 12 years.
“Kim has had such a vital role in our success as a program,” Fritts said. “I was honored to have her as a mentor throughout college and my Dance Marathon experience.”
The marathon also helped fund the Beads of Bravery program. The remainder of donations is allocated to programs and services as directed by the Children’s Hospital leadership, including the Room of Magic, care packages, NICU Parent Group and CPR kits.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.