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DANCE MARATHON: ISU Event Breaks Records

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The Iowa State University Dance Marathon broke a fundraising record over the weekend.

The event, which was held Saturday at ISU’s Memorial Union, raised money for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Organizer Dave Arends says the 2013 marathon raised $388,457 and beat the previous year’s number by about $8,000. This year’s event had 905 ISU undergrad student participants and 1,050 high school, parent, & community participants. The event was so popular two stages had to be used to accommodate everyone.

Participants didn’t really dance all 15 hours of the marathon, but stayed on their feet to show support for families who spend countless hours in hospital waiting rooms while their children are receiving treatment.

Music, games, and dancing are all part of the marathon.

The ISU Dance Marathon has made a gift commitment of $1 million to help build the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.