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Dance Marathon – School's Out Shout-Outs!

As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to a close, the Miracle Network Dance Marathon movement has a lot to celebrate!

Dance Marathon events were held on 275 college and university campuses throughout the United States and Canada this year, involving several hundred thousand students in fundraising for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Miracle Network Dance Marathon ended 2016 with an incredible $32.4 million raised. In just the first 5 months of 2017, programs have already raised $30.1 million with many more Dance Marathon events to come this fall, making 2017 another record-breaking year for the movement.

Join us as we recognize some of the top fundraising programs from this year:
Monetary growth represents the total increase in a Dance Marathon program’s fundraising total from the 2015-2016 year to the 2016-2017 year. The 15 programs with the highest monetary growth increased their fundraising by a collective $3.14 million this year!

In their 23rd year, Dance Marathon at Florida State University focused on the experience of their dancers and presence on campus. Elevating the role of their team delegates, DM@FSU was able to connect further with other organizations, their dancers, and fundraisers, resulting in higher participant year-long engagement and fundraising than ever before. With such high levels of campus engagement, DM@FSU recognized the opportunity to release a public goal to challenge and motivate their constituents. Their goal to raise $1.7 million and their ‘Do More’ campaign electrified Tallahassee, resulting in $1.83M raised in 2017–an increase of $395,046.68 over their 2016 total of $1.43 million.


KSU Miracle at Kennesaw State University made the top 15 by tripling their fundraising raising $215,129 in 2017, a $142,348 increase over their 2016 total of $72,781.

Typically, Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs average 20-25% growth in their year-over-year fundraising. However, the top 15 programs ranked by percentage growth averaged an incredible 165% fundraising growth, resulting in a collective $631,117.40 in added donations for local hospitals.

This year, Boston University Dance Marathon made incredible strides in all aspects of their program and that showed in their 346% growth. In their second year, they knew it was important to continue building a brand, sharing Dance Marathon with their campus, and connecting people with the well-known Boston Children’s Hospital. Registering dancers early on was a top priority, especially with their strong Panhellenic and IFC partnerships. Their 450+ dancers were engaged after registering because of the strategic communication plan BUDM developed utilizing Donor Drive notification features.

Boston University Dance Marathon revealing their 2016 Fundraising Total at their November event.

Jagathon at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s 151% growth represented an outstanding monetary increase in their fundraising–from $140,049.94 raised in 2016 to $351,430 raised in 2017.

Starting a new Miracle Network Dance Marathon program on a campus is an accomplishment in itself–having to form a leadership team, recruit participants, earn support from administration, create enthusiasm, educate participants about individual fundraising, planning a large-scale event, and more. The top 15 fundraising first-year programs were able to rally their campuses #ForTheKids and inspire their participants to unite together to raise incredible totals this year.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 61 colleges and universities held their first Miracle Network Dance Marathon events raising a total of $724,926.97 for their local hospitals.

Prior to starting their inaugural year, the University of Central Oklahoma BronchoThon leadership team attended the 2016 Dance Marathon Leadership Conference. By learning and collaborating with other programs in the Miracle Network Dance Marathon movement, they were able to envision what an event on their campus could look like. However, this team made each idea their own and catered it specifically to their student body, aligning with campus tradition, pride and motivation. By developing a strong executive board structure with clear expectations and responsibilities, BronchoThon created a plan to effectively communicate with other student organizations, especially Greek Life, leading to over 720 registered participants. The student leadership team prioritized engaging their participants in fundraising throughout the entire year and hosted a fundraising push day where the team raised over $12K in just 24 hours. Through setting bold goals and developing plans for achievement, this team has broken records, set a new tradition on campus and has laid the foundation for incredible years to come!

The United States Military Academy became the first military academy in the nation to host a Miracle Network Dance Marathon program. Dance Marathon at West Point had 200 cadets registered for their Dance Marathon event that included a number of unique Army traditions and the cadets doing pushups at the top of every hour in honor of the number of children treated at their local hospital.


  1. INDIANA ($7,268,127.82) – Ball State University, Butler University, DePauw University, Franklin College, Hanover College, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University, Saint Mary’s College, University of Indianapolis, University of Southern Indiana, Valparaiso University, Wabash College
  2. FLORIDA ($6459,365.44) – Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida State University, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, University of West Florida
  3. IOWA ($4,019,723.27) – Augustana College, Cedar Rapids Schools, Central College, Clarke University, Grandview University, Iowa State University, Kirkwood Community College, Loras College, Luther College, Simpson College, St. Ambrose University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Wartburg College
  4. OHIO ($2,499,176.45) – Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Defiance College, Kent State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Findlay, University of Toledo, Walsh University, Wittenberg University, Wright State University, Xavier University, Youngstown State University
  5. GEORGIA ($2,124,708.86) – Augusta University, Columbus State University, Emory University, Georgia College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University, University of Georgia
  6. ILLINOIS ($1,362,560.75) – Chicago Citywide Dance Marathon, Concordia University, DePaul University, Elmhurst College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Loyola University Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University Physical Therapy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois Springfield, Western Illinois University
  7. MARYLAND ($1,227,203.07) – Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Towson University, University of Maryland
  8. CONNECTICUT ($1,080,657.52) – Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, Wesleyan University
  9. OKLAHOMA ($1,053,662.37) – Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa
  10. SOUTH CAROLINA ($951,687.99) – Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Erskine College, Furman University, University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina Upstate, Wofford College
  11. ALABAMA ($908,963.00) – Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama in Hunstville, University of South Alabama
  12. PENNSYLVANIA ($881,604.20) – Gannon University, Lehigh University, Rowan University, St. Joseph’s University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, West Chester University
  13. MICHIGAN ($834,549.00) – Grandvalley State University, Hope College, Michigan State University, University of Michigan
  14. MISSOURI ($723,587.72) – Fontbonne University, Pittsburgh State University, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri, Washington University in Saint Louis
  15. TEXAS ($631,281.11) – Angelo State University, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Southwestern University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Tyler, University of Texas at Dallas
  16. NORTH CAROLINA ($544,456.72) – Belmont Abbey College, Davidson College, Duke University, Elon University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Western Carolina University
  17. MASSACHUSETTS ($397,229.82) – Bay Path University, Boston College, Boston University, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Simmons College, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Wheelock College
  18. TENNESSEE ($386,113.74) – Bethel University, Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University
  19. SOUTH DAKOTA ($328,940.00) – Augustana University, South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota
  20. CALIFORNIA ($327,383.02) – California Polytechnical State University, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, CSU Stanislaus, Claremont Colleges, Los Angeles Citywide, Loyola Marymount University, San Diego State University, University of California Davis, University of California Merced, University of California Santa Barbara, University of San Diego, University of Southern California
  21. NEW YORK ($313,838.58) – Binghampton University, Cornell University, Elmirea College, Iona College, Pace University, Saint Michael’s College, Stony Brook University, SUNY New Paltz, Syracuse University, The Stand Citywide, United States Military Academy, University at Albany
  22. LOUISIANA ($306,581.12) – Louisiana State University, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Loyola University New Orleans, Nicholls University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University
  23. VIRGINIA ($286,004.91) – Christopher Newport University, College of William & Mary, James Madison University, Marymount University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech
  24. NEBRASKA ($257,599.16) – Creighton University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Omaha
  25. MISSISSIPPI ($255,288.00) – Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi

Thank you to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores and Panda Express for supporting Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs during the 2016-2017 academic year! Love’s partnered with 18 programs during the spring 2017 semester, providing sponsorships to help programs cover operational costs. Panda Express donated meals to 88 Dance Marathons throughout the school year, valued at more than $480,000 in in-kind donations.


Miracle Network Dance Marathon is an international movement, involving over 300 colleges and universities across North America that fundraise for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 1991, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $180 million–ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone.

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