Date: Jan 23, 2016, 9:34 AM
The South High Marathon Dance (SHMD) is a student run function that aims to raise money for individuals, families, and organizations in need of financial assistance. With over 80% of the school’s population attending this two day event, the goal of the students is to try to break last year’s record of raising over $621,680! The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together. In its 38 year history, the Marathon Dance has raised over 4.82 MILLION DOLLARS for more than 365 beneficiaries not just within South Glens Falls, but many surrounding communities as well. After reviewing 180 applications, the student committee has selected the following as beneficiaries of the 2016 Marathon Dance:
Peter & Phillip Frolish
Rev. Charles Huff
Angel Names Association
Lyme Action Network
Moreau Community Center
Open Door Mission
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
Southern Adk Indep. Living (SAIL)
The Ben Osborn Memorial Fund
The 2016 Marathon Dance will be held March 4 and 5 at the South Glens Falls Senior High School. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. Community members can donate to the dance in a variety of ways. Each of the 800+ students participating is required to collect a minimum of $150. In addition to monies collected by the students, members of the community and business owners can donate items to be auctioned during the dance itself. If you are interested in donating an item please contact us at Donations@SHMD.org.
Community Fundraising Events
There are a significant number of events held prior to the dance in which money is collected, and then donated to the Marathon Dance. Several fundraising events have already taken place in support of this year’s event, and more than 20 additional events are scheduled to take place between January 20 and the weekend of the dance. For additional information regarding these events, and to learn of new events as they are established, visit the SHMD website at www.shmd.org, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shmdlive, or Twitter @shmdnow. All fundraising activities are subject to approval by the South High Marathon Dance Committee. If you find that an event is not posted here please contact us to verify its legitimacy. If you are interested in conducting an event please contact us at Events@SHMD.org.
Oliver W. Winch Middle School Basket Raffle – January 15 – February 29
Talk of the Town – Monday, January 25
Fitzgerald’s – Thursday, January 28
Dango’s on Maple Street – Saturday, January 30
Harrison Avenue Elementary School Mini-Marathon – Saturday, January 30
Adirondack Thunder Hockey – Saturday, January 30
Della Honda – Entire Month of February
Rivermen Hockey – Friday, February 5
Moreau Elementary School Read-A-Thon – February 5 - 12
Abbott’s Corner Grill – Saturday, February 6
Tanglewood Elementary School Walk-A-Thon – Friday, February 12
Abbott’s Corner Grill – Saturday, February 13
Fitzgerald’s – Thursday, February 25
Kingpin’s Alley – Galactic Bowling – Saturday, February 27
Abbott’s Corner Grill – Saturday, February 20
Texas Roadhouse – Wednesday, February 24
Pizza Jerk’s – Friday, February 26
Breakfast at St. Michael’s – Sunday, February 28
Ballard Elementary School Mini-Marathon – Thursday, March 3
Events and Fundraising at the Dance
Much of the money raised is collected at the dance itself. Kip Dare of Kipper’s Clippers is organizing the annual cut-a-thon throughout the weekend. Marathon Dance apparel and photos taken at the dance are sold throughout the event, as well as massages, hair wraps, face painting, and many others. The annual 50/50 raffle provides an opportunity to be one of the many to win a $500 prize. The concession stand provides baked goods, beverages, and a variety of hot lunch and dinner items donated by local businesses and individuals. The live and silent auctions also take place during the dance with a selection of items donated by local businesses and individuals. The silent auction begins Friday evening and ends early Saturday evening, followed by the live auction which begins at 6:00 p.m.
Visiting the Marathon Dance March 4 and 5
This event is open to the public, from 7:00 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, and any time after 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 5. Since the dance has grown immensely, only registered dancers, and others as indicated in the dance schedule, are permitted on the dance floor. Additionally, seating is limited in the main gym where the dance takes place; spectators may be directed to alternate viewing areas. Information regarding parking and shuttle busses will be posted as the dance approaches.
We hope that you will be able to partake in this wonderful event. It is a truly moving experience to witness a community that comes together to help those in need. Please be sure to visit the Marathon Dance’s website at www.shmd.org, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/shmdlive, Twitter @shmdnow, or Instagram at SHMDNOW, for additional information and to view SHMD live the weekend of the event! We hope to see you the weekend of March 4!
Student Chair Committee Advisors/ Coordinators