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Fifth Annual Dance Marathon Breaks Another Record for Donations

A high school student dances with one of the Miracle Family children.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, 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 $80,120.05, about $35,900 more than last year. Over the past five years, Ladue Dance Marathon has raised more than $207,000. 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.

“We are both in awe of our students, their dedication to a worthy cause, and their enormous hearts,” faculty co-sponsors Mike Farrell and Julie Blank said. “All of these students worked tirelessly throughout the year to create fundraising opportunities, recruit dancers and inspire everyone to remember the purpose of the event: it’s 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.