VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s annual 24-hour dance marathon capped off the Dakotathon fundraiser this weekend by breaking its previous record of $108,000 and raising over $145,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Many students sign up to become a dancer as a freshman and graduate to higher involvement during their years at USD. Robert McCauley, now a senior and one of this year’s co-chairs joined as a freshman “Morale Captain” and served all four years.
“I wanted to be a part of Dakotathon because I wanted to be a part of something larger than myself. The organization strives to raise more money each year for children and families,” McCauley said.
The effort raises donations from multiple events throughout the year and from the participation of more than 600 students and alumni. At the marathon, children from the Children’s Miracle Network are invited to spend the day learning dance, playing games, listening to concerts, magicians, hypnotists and more.
“The "Day Of" event is most notable and gives our Miracle Children one day that is all about them. The children spend numerous hours in the hospital and they deserve this day,” said McCauley.
This year’s initial goal was $115,000. The official total raised was $145,422.55. For more information or to donate to Dakotathon, please visit their website.