On October 5th, Roanoke College hosted its first ever dance marathon, following the lead of hundreds of universities that have begun this trend. About two hundred students joined with faculty and staff in Bast for a long day of “dancing for the kids”. That advertisement was written across the walk from the Colket Center to the front quad, inspiring everyone who walked over it in the preceding weeks to consider coming and joining in the festivities and the good cause. Campus events in the months leading up to Noke-A-Thon also helped support this event; food and musical festivals gave portions of their proceeds to the pool of donations. All the money raised would be going to the Children’s Miracle Network, which in turn also benefits Roanoke’s own Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital. Information on the details of the times leading up to the event as well as updated posts during the event were available on the RC Dance Marathon Facebook page all through September and October.
Roanoke College started with the goal of $8,000, with the hope of going above and beyond that original goal. Every student that participated in the event donated ten dollars for registration, and each participant raised atleast twenty-five dollars for sponsoring their hours on the floor. Local organizations such as pizza places and even large companies like Wal-Mart put money towards the good cause as well. Local news took an interest also, reporting on the events and the results of the night. Although traditionally, these events are planned over the course of a year, our Noke-A-Thon was planned in just about two months.
From 11:00am to 11:00pm, students, faculty and staff were on their feet dancing. During the night, the miracle family (one of the families that the money raised would be helping), arrived to encourage our tired participants. Seeing the people that this donation would benefit inspired everyone even more to finish the night strong.
By the end of the night, they had raised a total of $8,580.27, surpassing their goal by more than five hundred dollars. This was the first year that Roanoke College hosted a dance marathon, but seeing the great results and effects that it had, hopefully this will not be the last.