Luther raises $38,612.01 in first Dance Marathon

After a year-long commitment from more than 500 people, the Luther College Dance Marathon raised a total of $38,612.01 to send to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country. Students spend a year raising funds and interacting with children's hospital patients and families.

The year culminates with a 12 hour-long event where students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment in celebration of the total amount raised that year.

Luther's Dance Marathon took place in the Luther Main Gym on April 12 from noon to midnight. This year marks the first year that Luther College participated in this movement.

The movement has been in the works at Luther over the last two years. Paul Esker, Chloe Gumpert, Jordan Jensen and Libby Logsden have been working on this for several years, but enough support was gathered this year that the executive board felt like it was time to go for it.

The public campus fundraising goal was $15,000, but Gumpert said the executive board wanted to raise one more cent than the 2013 Wartburg College Dance Marathon goal of $32,000.

The executive board includes the chairs of the following committees: Chloe Gumpert and Paul Esker on logistics; Carter Johnson and Jordan Jensen on families; Clay Walker and James Cochrane on finance and fundraising; Jenna Darsee and James Diegnan on public relations and marketing; and Libby Logsden and Sam Weinberg on morale and recruitment.

The two largest sponsorships came from the community businesses of Mabe's Pizza and the Magpie Coffeehouse. Other sponsors included Pizza Hut, Happy Joe's, Pizza Ranch, Mr. Groovy's, Kepharts, Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty, Fridley Theaters, Oneota
Co-op, Decorah Veterinary Clinic and Love Your Melon.