Kids at South Glens Falls High School are taking aim at another record-setting fundraising goal for the 39th annual Marathon Dance on March 4-5.
Last year’s event raised more than $621,000 for dozens of beneficiaries including local residents with serious medical conditions and a variety of non-profit groups such as Lyme Action Network, Open Door Mission and Rebuilding Together Saratoga.
In its first 38 years the dance raised approximately $4.82 million, meaning that total fundraising will top the $5 million mark by the time all of this year’s donations are collected.
A student committee has identified 43 beneficiaries this year.
“There were over 200 applications, almost double what we normally have,” said teacher Tom Myott, co-student advisor. “It’s very difficult to whittle it down.”
Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4 at the South High gymnasium. The dance concludes the next night when the fundraising total is announced.
More than 80 percent of the study body takes part and each of these more than 800 students must collect at least $150 to participate.
Many fundraising activities have already been taking place in the community. Texas Roadhouse, which recently opened a new restaurant in Queensbury, donated all proceeds from a two-day “soft” opening, totaling more than $10,000.
Several other restaurants have donated a portion of a given day’s receipts to the event.
This Saturday, Kingpin’s Alley–Galactic Bowling in South Glens Falls is holding a fundraising event and on Sunday, St. Michael’s Church will hold a benefit breakfast.
The middle school and all four elementary schools in South Glens Falls Central School District are also contributing with activities including a basket raffle, read-a-thon and mini-dance marathon, which Ballard Road school is holding on Thursday, March 3.
A variety of fundraising activities also take place at South High during the dance. Kip Dare of Kipper’s Clippers is organizing the annual cut-a-thon and Marathon Dance apparel and photos taken at the dance are sold throughout the event as well as massages, hair wraps and face painting.
The annual 50/50 raffle has $500 prizes. The concession stand provides baked goods, beverages, and a variety of hot lunch and dinner items donated by local businesses and individuals. The live and silent auctions also take place during the dance with a selection of items donated by local businesses and individuals. The silent auction begins Friday evening and ends early Saturday evening.
For the first time ever, spectators may only visit the school by shuttle. The parking lot is reserved for handicapped persons and past and present dance beneficiaries.
Shuttle bus parking will be available at Tanglewood Elementary School, Mr. Bill’s restaurant, Kingpin’s Alley, United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church. Shuttle buses will run continuously from 5:15-11 p.m. Friday, March 4 and from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and re-starting after the dance finale.