Thursday, 06 February 2020 09:57

43rd Annual South High Marathon Dance: 37 Family & Community Organization Beneficiaries Selected

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The South Glens Falls High School South High Marathon Dance (SHMD) is a student driven event that raises money for individuals, families, and organizations in need of financial assistance. With over 80% of the high school’s population participating in this two-day event, the students are trying to break last year’s record of $837,859! This event has grown into a celebration that brings the entire community together like nothing else, with activities taking place year-round. In its 42-year history, the Marathon Dance has raised over 8.1 million dollars for more than 530 beneficiaries - not just within South Glens Falls, but many surrounding communities as well. After reviewing roughly 180 applications, the student committee has selected the following as beneficiaries of SHMD 2020: 

The families of... 
Charles Aiken, Ryan Alger, Jennifer Annis, Lillian Baker, Janet Baker Pratt, David Bennett, Alice Charette, Esme Clark, Connie Himes, Nolan Jacox, Isabella Lauzon, Milana Lefebvre, Joshua McCane, Kelsey Murphy, Robert Murray, Robin Neumann, Nick Clark, Stephanie Rosa, Jennifer Ryan, Danita Shortte, Linda Tucker, Royce Younes.

Community Organizations... 
Adopt A Soldier Alzheimer’s Association, Angel Names Association, Buddies Blankets and Bears CAPTAIN Community Human Svc Dysautonomia International, Food for Thought, Gateway House of Peace, Habitat for Humanity, Kelly’s Angels, Inc., Moreau Community Center, Rebuilding Together Saratoga Co., The Open Door Mission, Upstate NY Autism Alliance, Veterans and Community Housing. 

The Marathon Dance Event, Supported Throughout the School Community 
The 2020 Marathon Dance will be held March 6 and 7 at the South Glens Falls Senior High School. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. Friday evening. Community members can donate to the dance in a variety of ways. Each of the 800+ students signed up to participate is required to collect a minimum of $150. You can choose to donate to an individual student’s total online, or the Marathon Dance in general, through the “Donate” tab on the website at www.shmd.org. The District’s middle and elementary schools also conduct Marathon Dance fundraising activities, including Ballard Elementary Cupcake Challenge, Harrison Avenue Mini-Marathon, Moreau Elementary Glow Dance, and Tanglewood Elementary Walk-A- Thon. Additionally, Oliver W. Winch Middle School is holding their annual basket raffle through March 3, with drawings March 6. Fifth graders and certain middle schoolers even have their own time slot to participate at SHMD! 

Donating Goods and Services to SHMD 
Members of the community and business owners can donate items to be auctioned during the dance itself. All Live and Silent Auction donations must be received no later than Friday, February 21. To donate an item, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The South High Marathon Dance Inc. is registered with the state of New York as a charitable corporation and has been determined by the IRS to be a public charity under section 501 (c) (3). Accordingly, all donations are tax deductible. 

Community Fundraising Events 
Since September, numerous fundraising activities have taken place in support of this year’s dance, and many additional events, listed below, are scheduled to take place prior to March 6. For additional information regarding these fundraisers, and to learn of new events as they are established, visit the SHMD website, Facebook page at facebook.com/SHMDInc, or Twitter @shmdnow. All fundraising activities are subject to approval by the South High Marathon Dance Committee. If you find that an activity is not posted here and want to verify its legitimacy or if you are interested in conducting an event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• Glens Falls National Bank through March 5
• Massie’s: February 3
• Josten’s: February 6 and 7
• Wicks from the Sticks: February 7, 22 and 27 
• Fitzgerald’s: February 8 and 27 
• Pretty Hot Mess: February 8
• Johnny Rocket’s: February 10 - 14 
• Coach’s Corner: February 10
• Craft on 9: February 11 

Activities and Fundraising at the Dance 
• Downtown Social DMB Night: February 15 
• Southy’s Soft Serve: February 21 and 22 
• Kingpin’s Alley: February 22
• Common Roots: February 22 
• Eagles Club: February 22
• Talk of the Town: February 24 
• Southy’s Pizzeria: February 26 
• Pizza Jerks: February 28
• St. Michael’s Breakfast: March 1 

Many fundraising activities are conducted at the dance itself. Activities include the annual cut-a-thon which will take place throughout the weekend, as well as the sale of Marathon Dance apparel, photos, hair wraps, face painting, ice cream and more. The annual 50/50 raffle provides an opportunity to be one of the many to win a $500 prize. The concession stand provides a variety of food and beverage options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The live and silent auctions will also take place during the dance. The silent auction begins Friday evening and ends early Saturday evening, followed by the live auction which begins at 6 p.m. 

Visiting the Marathon Dance March 6 and 7 
This event is open to the public from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and any time after 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 7. Only registered participants, and others as indicated in the official schedule, are permitted on the gym floor. Additionally, seating is limited in the main Bulldog gym where the dance takes place; spectators may be directed to alternate viewing areas. Information regarding parking and shuttle buses is available on the website and Facebook page. Please visit the website at www.shmd.org, and follow SHMD on social media for additional information and to view the Marathon Dance live the weekend of the event! 

Student Chair Committee 
Natalie Barden, Hunter Clark, Jaime DeSimone, Jenna Farrell, Jillian Harrington, Savannah Kreppein, Bryce Law, Isabella Osborn, Austin Peltier, Aidan Taylor, Brooke Terry. 

Advisors/ Coordinators 
Dan Albert, Tom Myott, and Jody Sheldon.

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