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Dance Marathon: One of Riverview’s most nationally recognized clubs

Dance Marathon is a club in which the members collect donations for children in Johns Hopkins Hospital. Students meet every other Wednesday in Alex Catena’s Rm.5-125 to discuss fundraising techniques.

As well as participating in fundraisers, members can receive service hours from “points,” which are based on participation. Members can get points from attending meetings, wearing DM merchandise, and reposting about the meetings via social media, as well as collecting money for their cause.

“Students should join Dance Marathon to get the chance to be a part of something greater than themselves,” said Macy Thompson ‘21, the event operations officer of Dance Marathon.

Thompson also explains one of the upcoming fundraisers, “Penny War.” This fundraiser is hosted by Bernadette Nwokeji ’22 that began Oct. 2 and will run until Nov. 6.

Another fundraiser is the annual pumpkin decorating contest in which students can purchase a pumpkin for $10 to participate and may decorate their pumpkin in any style of their choice.

Club members can then vote on a winner based on appearance and creativity, and the winner receives extra community service hours. Proceeds will be transferred to their Dance Marathon donor drive.

Another key part of Dance Marathon is the 7-hour event hosted in the Riverview gym towards the end of the year. During the event, students attempt to stay standing during the full seven hours to represent what children go through in the hospital. Also, there are fun activities in which anyone can participate L.ast year there was Jenga, yoga and bracelet-making. All of the proceeds are given to the hospital and the miracle children (patients currently residing at Johns Hopkins Hospital). Last year, students raised a total of $20,254, which was revealed during the event.

Cassey Pulawski ‘23, a current social media officer, said her favorite part of the event last year was “seeing the joy on Johns Hopkins Miracle Children Logan’s and Lennon’s faces when they were playing around with the officers and dancing.”

Merchandise is also one of the many great things about Dance Marathon. For the first time, the club is having a bundle in which students can buy three pieces for $30. This includes the “Wednesdays are For The Kids” t-shirt, a grey Dance Marathon sweatshirt and last year’s For The Kids design. Dance Marathon’s new t-shirt is also more of a retro-design.

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