by: Daniel Witke
“Dance Marathon” is student-run event, partnering the school with the local Miracle Network Hospital. The children patients of the hospital are invited to partake in the on-campus dance event.
Senior and Public relations student, Jennifer Giordano, is working with Maria Ferrari’s Children Hospital, located in Westchester, to bring Dance Marathon to Mount Saint Mary College.
The goal of the program is for students to host a six to twelve hour event that includes entertainment, music, games, and dancing. The college’s collaboration with the hospital benefits both parties. College students learn how to strengthen their community, while the children participating learn emotional and social skills.
Giordano is incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with the hospital, and is planning on recruiting clubs and sport teams for the event.
“I am so glad I have the chance to make a difference in children’s lives through the power of dance,” said Giordano.
In the past, Maria Ferrari has coordinated two successful Dance Marathons at both Iona College and Pace University. Meredith Buono, the marketing manager at Maria Ferrari, is hoping to add a third school to her list.
The organization is a nation wide movement involved with over 300 college campuses to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For Dance Marathon events, all the proceeds would go directly to the MSMC’s local Maria Ferrari pediatrics department. A Dance Marathon works directly with the Miracle Network hospitals, and gives students a chance to make a difference in a child’s life.
Currently, Giordano is in the early stages of planning the event. She believes her team can put together an unforgettable experience for the student body and the hospital. Their current goal is to invite club leaders and team captains to help spread awareness of the benefits behind the Dance Marathon. Giordano has tentatively decided they would like to run this event in late April, but understands there is still a lot of work to be done.
All members of the student body are invited to join and partake in the festivities. As the brainstorming team continues to plan, they encourage people to spread the word to their friends and peers.
“If we can unite the student body for this one common goal, I am certain we will run a successful Dance Marathon,” said Giordano.