Monday, February 4, 2013
Also inside: School of Music plans sustainable, Iowa City School District implements new emergency evacuation plan, Hawkeyes lose close one at Minn.
It’s more than consistency — it’s success. Twenty-fours of dancing ended with yet another record-breaking year at University of Iowa Dance Marathon 19. Dancers wiped the tears from their eyes and climbed back to their feet. Children filed onto the stage to reveal the total amount of money raised. Officials announced a record-breaking $1.53 million, bringing the grant total since 1995 to $12.7 million. “It’s incredible,” said Nic Rusher, the executive director of Dance Marathon. “It’s not about the money, but it represents the year worth of effort everyone put in.” Click here for loads more coverage, photos, and multimedia. And here's links to some of today's other stories. Iowa City High School faculty members will receive the latest …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Also inside: RAGBRAI announces overnight stops, Dance Marathon family marks son’s death, Harkin retirement opens doors.
The Michigan Wolverines were hoping for a season sweep over the Iowa women’s basketball team on Sunday in Ann Arbor but ultimately came up short. The Hawkeyes over came a 9-point deficit early in the second half to defeat No. 23 Michigan, 63-57. “It was [our] defense and composure,” head coach Lisa Bluder said about the Hawkeyes’ dominant second half performance. “We held them to no field goals for the last seven minutes of the game, and Bethany Doolittle came to play today.” The Wolverines lone basket in the last seven minutes came after Iowa had sealed the win. Doolittle led Iowa’s second-half surge for its sixth win over a top-25 team. The sophomore forward from Oakdale, Minn., scored 10 of her career-high 19 points in the second half…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Iowa's annual big bash for pediatric health fundraising made another top ten list.
The University of Iowa's Dance Marathon seems to get a bit bigger every year, so it's no surprised it was named to a list of the 10 biggest college fundraisers, but college rating site thebestcolleges.org. Here's what they had to say about it: 10. And rounding out the top 10 it’s … another dance marathon. Hey, if they work, they work; and UI’s definitely seems to be working. Here the dance party (known as the “Big Event”) is 24 hours, and they bring in DJs, dance and theater groups, and local bands … and caffeine is prohibited! Yikes! The school also promotes Family Events and Mini-Dance Marathons for K-12 students throughout the year. It’s all in the name of funding pediatric patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. The $1…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Iowa college students report on success of Dance Marathon 2012.
Eighteen years ago, University of Iowa students started a philanthropy event called Dance Marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer patients. Since then, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa students have gotten in the mix. This year, the three schools combined for an impressive fundraising total. The student leaders made a presentation to the Iowa Board of Regents today about the success of Dance Marathon 2012. Together, they raised nearly $1.9 million. "On the field, we may be rivals, but once a year we come together to give to a cause much greater than us," said Elyse Meardon, a UI senior and executive director of this year's UI Dance Marathon team. At UI, they had 1,500 dancers, who stayed on their feet for 24 …
Monday, January 23, 2012
The Dance Marathon's 24-hour Big Event is coming up on Feb. 3-4.
Monday, January 23, 2012
By Sara Epstein Moninger Spectator - the University of Iowa They’re quite inspiring, the students who join University of Iowa Dance Marathon. They deliver one-on-one attention and fun activities every week to oncology patients at UI Children’s Hospital (allowing the kids’ families a much-needed break). They organize group excursions to amusement parks and museums to help divert focus from the momentous challenges the children are facing. They immerse themselves in ongoing fundraising and awareness building. And each winter their efforts culminate in “the Big Event,” a 24-hour dance marathon in the Iowa Memorial Union, where they celebrate young cancer survivors as well as patients fighting for their lives, remember those who have passed…