Dance Marathon a success

Jupiter High’s Key Club, under the leadership of Michael Hammett, hosted a successful Dance Marathon on Feb. 25 in the school’s cafeteria from 5-8 p.m. The event raised $17,330.17 for Children’s Miracle Network and University of Florida’s Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

All funds raised at Jupiter’s Dance Marathon went directly to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, enhancements to make the children’s stay at the hospital more enjoyable and funding for research grants and educational programs. This research helps out doctors find solutions for incurable diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis and cancer.

“My favorite part about participating in dance marathon is knowing that all our hard work and all the money we raise is for such an amazing cause, and thousands of children’s lives are being saved thanks to Children’s Miracle Network and the help we are able to give them,” said co-president Hannah Milstein.

To raise money, members of Key Club set up donor drive pages and sold tickets. Tickets were $30 for one or $50 for two. Those who attended were given five to six hours of community service as well as a t-shirt.

To keep dancers on their feet, the music theme changed every hour. Themes included: Disney, fiesta, throwback and rave.

“We dance for those who can’t. For one night, we celebrate these children who are in hospitals and cannot attend,” said Key Club co-president Sarah Danis.

Along with Key Club, Sara’s Smile, Student Government Association and Debbie’s Dream Club helped raise money for the cause.

“I think Dance Marathon is such a fun way to raise money for a great cause,” said Debra Baldwin, president of Sara’s Smile.

Like Jupiter, the University of Florida held their annual Dance Marathon on March 26 that raised over $2,700,000. It was a 26.2-hour event to benefit the patients of Shands Children’s Hospital. Over 800 students stayed awake and danced to raise money and awareness.

This was the second annual Dance Marathon held at Jupiter.