Twelve-Hour, All-Night Event Sets a New Fundraising Record
The sixth annual Emmanuel College Dance Marathon (ECDM) for Boston Children's Hospital was the most successful one yet. The all-night event raised $130,672.53-with more coming in-which will be used to address critical areas of need at Boston Children's Hospital, including research and training, purchasing equipment, buying new toys for playrooms and paying for uncompensated care. ECDM is part of a nationwide movement to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals like Boston Children's Hospital.
This year's fundraising total was a significant increase over last year's record amount of $122,922.69. In six years, the Emmanuel program has donated $473,070.65 to Boston Children's Hospital.
Approximately 300 Emmanuel students attended this year's ECDM, which started at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 and ended 12 hours later on Sunday morning. All through the night and into the morning, students danced, played games, wrote cards to current Boston Children's patients and enjoyed food donated by local businesses. Several Boston Children's Hospital patients and their families were also on hand to give thanks and lend support.
"ECDM 2017 was incredible," said KeYana Reid '17, one of the event's student organizers. "The amount of money raised shows the passion and commitment of the students, faculty and staff. It is so heartwarming to see a campus of 1,800 come together as a community and make such a difference in the lives of so many children."
Emmanuel's Director of Student Center Services, Kevin Farrell, who has been an advisor to the ECDM since it started six years ago, said "the event truly reflects the values of selflessness and community service that are central to the College's mission." Farrell also said "the event shows that the Emmanuel community expands well beyond our gates."
Funds raised at the Emmanuel event and at similar dance marathons across the country benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization supporting more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America. The program is entirely student run, and 100% of donations go to help local children's hospitals. In 2016, Miracle Network Dance Marathons raised more than $26 million.