Additionally, Dakotathon pledged to raise $500,000 for Children’s Miracle Network within the next five years. The pledge not only allowed Dakotathon to make a promise but also moved the organization up to the next donor level at the Sanford Children’s Castle of Care Hospital. Joey Snyder, senior and overall co-chair, said that he hopes the pledge “will inspire more people to contribute to and participate in Dakotathon.”

While the donations help children and families in the Castle of Care, Dakotathon brings together USD’s campus and the city of Vermillion. “This year's experience with Dakotathon will go down as one of the most fulfilling and amazing times in my life,” said Snyder. “It was an honor to be able to help lead such a wonderful team of individuals and put together the best day of the year for all of the participants, the miracle children and their families.”

The effort raises donations from multiple events throughout the year and from the participation of more than 600 students and alumni during Dakotathon. They make up dancers, morale captains, the executive board, logistics and the alumni team.

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