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College raises $11,000 at first Dance Marathon

By Ben Stopka & Mbololwa Mundia
On February 23, 2017

Dancers learn some new moves at the Kirkwood Dance Marathon on Feb 17. The Dance Marathon was held to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network to then go toward the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND

Kirkwood Community College held its first Dance Marathon on Feb. 17, at the Rec Center on the main campus to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. 

Dancers take a break from the action to have some fun at

the photo booth. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND

Around 100 people attended the six-hour event as participants, volunteers or in leadership roles. 

Each hour held something new for attendees. The first hour of the marathon was Welcome Hour. In this hour, participants could sign up for different events throughout the night, play games and socialize. 

Anthony Sheer, Liberal Arts, said, “It was a blast and a ton of fun. The best part was the bags tournament because Tyler Carlson won.” 

To conclude Welcome Hour, Ashley Hoff, an organizer of Dance Marathon events across Iowa, introduced the families who will benefit from the money raised at the Kirkwood Dance Marathon (KDM). Many families then gave witness talks. 

Hoff also introduced the KDM leadership team. The team began by teaching the crowd the “morale dance,” a dance that the crowd would perform every hour. 

The second hour of the event was Workout Hour. In this hour, dancers had the choice of entering a bag-toss tournament or doing Zumba in their best workout attire. 

During the third hour, dancers put on Hawaiian outfits and made walking tacos, donated by The Café. Participants could also get a complimentary massage. 

The fourth hour was Kirkwood Pride, where many dancers wore old jerseys and represented the college. The Kirkwood cheerleaders also performed for the group. 

Dance Marathon held its own talent contest after the Kirkwood Pride hour. A handful of students performed their talents, including flips, singing, stand-up and more. 

Participants jump to try and get free swag during a break.

PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND

Joe Goody, a second-year student, performed Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down.” Goody won the contest and received a $150 Hy-Vee gift card. 

“The talent show was really cool. Just to see people putting themselves out there,” said Clayton Joel, Liberal Arts.

The fifth hour was Lights Out. All donned their neon clothes and enjoyed activities in dim lighting. 

The final hour of the night was Power Hour. Participants danced near the stage for the remaining time until the raffle was held, where many received prizes. 

At the end of the night, the leadership team came out with signs that revealed KDM had raised a total of $11,036.32.

Eric Mashek, Liberal Arts and member of the Fundraising and Planning Team, said, “It was a lot of fun. I interacted with a lot of people. After planning and going it was worth the weeks of preparation.”

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