Georgia College Brothers (and others) Dance for Donations
Georgia College’s Magnolia Ballroom was alive with twelve straight hours of dancing on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Dance Marathon (Georgia College Miracle), an annual fundraiser for The Children’s Hospital in Macon, GA (a Children’s Miracle Network hospital), is an event where participants raise money by pledging to stay on their feet for twelve hours (from noon to midnight), most of which is spent dancing. Every hour, the group learns a new part of the “morale dance,” which is performed as a sort of finale at the end of the day (see video). Throughout the day, past and current patients of the hospital share “miracle stories;” these testimonials, though sometimes heart wrenching, keep participants’ spirits up and keep them focused on the goal: dancing for those who can’t.
Of the one hundred fifty-eight participants, twenty were members of Georgia College’s KA chapter. Dance Marathon raised over $25,000 this year—on a campus of only six thousand students—$1,230 of which was contributed by KA. This year’s event was held in honor of one of their special-initiate brothers, Austin Childers (Epsilon Nu – Georgia Coll. ’11), who has a mitochondrial disease, and has depended upon The Children’s Hospital for the majority of his intensive medical care in recent years. Austin came to the event and shared his miracle story along with his mom and dad, both of whom are educators in Macon. Chris Childers (Epsilon Nu – Georgia Coll. ’82) is a charter member and founder of the chapter.
“Rarely do we (student organizations) have an opportunity to give back in a way that has such a huge local impact. It’s a lot easier to get the guys motivated when they can see the results of their efforts at work in our own local communities, and in this case, our own chapter.” says KA Philanthropy Chair Thad Thompson.
All in attendance had a great time and were proud to be a part of what has become Georgia College’s most successful student fundraiser for several years running. For more information, visit (and “like”) Georgia College Miracle’s Facebook page.
Dance Marathon events are held on college campuses all across the country. For more information, visit Children’s Miracle Network’s national Dance Marathon website.
ABOVE: President Ross Sheppard presenting check to Brother Austin Childers
(brothers and pledges in the background; Chris Childers far right).