Annual Dance Marathon More than Doubles Fundraising Goal
On Oct. 24, Creighton hosted its annual Dance Marathon, a 12-hour benefit for the Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This year’s event raised $41,513.24, more than doubling its $20,000 goal.
“Dance Marathon raises awareness and funds to support children with pediatric illness,” says Michelle Dollyhigh, the assistant director for sorority life and leadership. The goal of fundraising is to provide relief from financial hardship for the patient families, referred to as “Miracle Families,” by Children’s.
This year’s event was held virtually to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines. Miracle Families joined a live stream to tell their stories, meet Creighton participants and dance. Other virtual activities included Zumba, movie showings, trivia, crafts, a silent auction and a Miracle Child talent show.
The $20,000 donation goal was designated to be put toward a Team Center in the Cardiac Care Center. This area of the hospital works with children who have heart conditions and need medical professionals with “specific training and expertise,” says Dollyhigh.
The additional donations will be put toward a Creighton-sponsored medical room at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
Efforts to make the event possible were led by student coordinators College of Arts and Sciences junior Jeff Downes and senior Jillian Brauninger; along with Dollyhigh and Children’s Miracle Network staff. Their coordination, with help from the student executive team, was critical to the event’s success.