SOUTH HIGH MARATHON DANCE
MARCH 1, 2019 Friday Opening Ceremony
MARCH 2, 2019 Saturday Dance and Events
Students eye new Marathon Dance fundraising record
The South High Marathon Dance kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1 and continues until late Saturday night. Last year's event raised more than $831,000 for worthy causes.
The South High Marathon Dance has raised more than $7.3 million since its inception. This year's 42nd annual event is set for Friday and Saturday, March 1-2.
More than 800 students take part in the annual South High Marathon Dance.
Photo from South Glens Falls School District
MOREAU, N.Y. — Students are aiming for another fundraising record, hoping to surpass last year’s mark of $831,000, during the 42nd annual South High Marathon Dance on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2.
Since its inception in 1978, organizers said the event has raised more than $7.3 million to benefit nearly 500 recipients, including people with serious medical conditions, and numerous local non-profit groups.
This year, a student committee has selected another 39 beneficiaries, including Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, Upstate NY Autism Alliance, the Alzheimer Association, and programs such as Bridging People and Places, and Buddy Blankets and Bears.
The dance, involving more than 80 percent of South Glens High School’s student body, kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday and continues 28 hours through Saturday night, in the school gym. Every student pledges to raise at least $150. In past years, however, some individuals have raised more than $10,000 on their own.
The public may attend from 7-10:30 p.m. Friday and any time after 7 a.m. Saturday, but only registered dancers are allowed on the floor. Also, crowds have become so big that spectators must take shuttle buses from one of several sites throughout town.
In addition to student fundraising, many local businesses contribute to the effort by holding promotions and events of their own in the days leading up to the dance.
For example, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company will donate $25 for every new checking or savings account opened by Feb. 28. Likewise, Fitzgerald’s Restaurant has already given 20 percent of all sales from two recent Saturdays to the dance.
The entire school district helps out as Oliver W. Winch Middle School and all four elementary schools hold fundraising activities of their own such as a read-a-thon, walk-a-thon and mini-marathon dance.
There are opportunities for the public to make donations at the dance as vendors sell snacks, raffle tickets, 50/50 tickets, and Marathon Dance apparel. There’s also a hair cutting booth and both live and silent auctions, featuring items donated by area businesses.
The fundraising total is announced at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, but dancers keep going until 10:30 p.m
Message to SHMD from our Executive Administrator and CFO, Elizabeth Osborn
Click on the above link to watch the Opening Ceremonies
THANK YOU SHMD!