This Saturday, Feb. 4, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, where their efforts to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals culminated in their largest donation to date.
This year, the students raised a grand total of $44,237.04, about $11,000 more than last year. You can watch the big reveal video here! Over the past four years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised close to $127,000. All funds stay local, going directly to Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.
Students who participate in Ladue Dance Marathon spend months fundraising and wrap up their efforts at the event with music and dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Several patient families, known as “Miracle Families,” also attend the event to share their inspirational stories with the students who support them.
“Our executive directors, Julia Biest and Shirley Gelman, started raising money last summer, well before any previous year’s efforts had begun,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “They never stopped striving to motivate the executive board. All of our student leaders worked tirelessly to create fundraising opportunities (through companies such as Waterway and Kendra Scott), to recruit dancers, and to inspire the participants to remember why they signed up for the event: not for the party, but for the kids.”
Dance Marathon is a nationwide organization that raises funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. Ladue Dance Marathon is student-led and was the first high school Dance Marathon in Missouri, and is now one of two in the Greater St. Louis region.