Dance Marathon approaches big day

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photo by Payton Van Vors

April 23 marks the most important day of the year for the biggest organization on campus. Loras College Dance Marathon works diligently from August to April fundraising for the University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital. Between 5K runs, hockey games and line dancing, Dance Marathon creates a variety of engaging events throughout the year. With less than two weeks until the event, the organization is hosting a few more opportunities to make the big day a success.

This past Saturday, LCDM Morale hosted an event called “A Night of Miracles, A Night to Remember.” Different from the many fundraising events, this event’s sole purpose was to celebrate the local miracle children by creating a prom-themed dance.

Saturday, April 16, marks 15 days until the event and there are many opportunities to get involved. First, Northeast Iowa Community College hosts a yearly event called “Celebrate You,” and this year they are teaming up with Loras College Dance Marathon. The event is focused on appreciating women around the tri-states area filled with spa treatments, cooking tips, empowerment and inspirational speakers. If you are interested in attending, sign up is available at https://www.nicc.edu/celebrateyou/, and all proceeds go towards LCDM. “Community Canning” will occur on April 16 and 17 in which teams will go into the Dubuque community to spread the mission of Dance Marathon. In addition, Loras College Dance Marathon will release fun, easy ways for all registered dancers to raise $10 a day.

On Tuesday, April 12, the organization is devoting the day to fundraising. “11k in a Day” is a push to encourage each dancer to raise just $50 in order to reach the day’s total goal of $11,000.

“These last few weeks, even though they’re jammed packed, are worth it in the end,” Rachel Moser, LCDM’s Public Relations Chair, said. “We’ve worked hard all year long, and now we’re getting closer to the big event where all of our hard work comes together.”

If that doesn’t get you excited for April 23, here’s an idea of what to expect at the 2016 Loras College Dance Marathon:

l Photo booth fun
l Catering provided by Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden, and Pancheros
l Top secret breakout rooms
l Family speakers
l Zumba and line dancing
l Honorary appearances and skits by faculty, staff, and alumni
l Karaoke
l Bounce houses
l Storming of the Rockbowl
l Guest appearance by Loras College President, Jim Collins
l BIG SURPRISE ACTIVITY

“I’m just really excited for over 300 Duhawks to come together and show what our community can do,” Moser said.

New to Loras College Dance Marathon, the event will be streamed live for those who aren’t able to attend. A link to the stream will be available on the Loras College Dance Marathon Facebook page. Power Grafx, a screen printing company, will also be at the event creating custom Dance Marathon gear for $15.

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