As a high school student Benjamin Craig's motto was, "Here's my plate, load it on." He brought that mentality with him to Emmanuel, where he has always been ready to take on a new opportunity.
After another year of tireless fundraising and dedicated programming, the seventh annual Emmanuel College Dance Marathon (ECDM) was yet another success, raising a total of $120,000.58 to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.
The program culminated in a twelve-hour, all-night event, which began on Friday, March 23, and lasted well into the morning on Saturday, March 24, and brought ECDM's grand total raised for Boston Children's Hospital to $593,071.23, a remarkable total for a program only in its seventh year.
"We are so incredibly excited to have wrapped up another successful year of ECDM," the ECDM 2018 Directors said in a statement. "To think that a school of fewer than 2,000 students raised more than $120,000 for a third consecutive year is simply amazing. We really hope all the students, staff, and faculty that help us raise money understand just how much that money helps the kids and families at Boston Children's Hospital."
Dance Marathon is a nationwide, campus-based movement to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals like Boston Children's Hospital. The money ECDM raises for Boston Children's Hospital is used to address critical areas of need at the hospital, including research and training, purchasing equipment, buying new toys for playrooms and paying for uncompensated care.
ECDM is one of the most anticipated events held at Emmanuel each year and the largest student-run philanthropic initiative overall. Emmanuel's program is currently ranked the #1 Dance Marathon fundraiser in Boston and is in the top five in New England. Nationwide, ECDM places in the top 20 for schools with fewer than 12,000 undergraduate students.
While the main event each March reveals the total raised since the previous year's event, the preparation for such pulses constantly throughout the year. In fact, earlier this year, the program reached a fundraising milestone of half a million dollars raised since its inception in 2012.
"This event is a direct reflection of the service and passion that encompasses the Emmanuel community," the 2018 Directors said. "We are so humbled and grateful for all the support we received from all over campus this year. We truly would not be able to do all we do without the amazing miracle makers that go to this school."