USC Dance Marathon claims several awards at Miracle Network Leadership Conference
University of South Carolina Dance Marathon claimed several national awards at the 2018 Miracle Network Dance Marathon Leadership Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The conference welcomed over 950 student leaders, university administrators, and hospital foundation staff involved in Dance Marathons that fundraise for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all over the U.S.
The USC student organization, which raised $1,025,171 for the kids at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital last school year, took home the Extra Comma Club Award, the Miracle Maker Award, and the Best Morale Dance award (defeating Clemson’s Dance Marathon team ina.
“Winning three awards at the national level was such an incredible experience,” said USC Dance Marathon President Kaity Lynch. “There are hundreds of other collegiate programs across the nation who have achieved incredible things for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in the past year, and for USC Dance Marathon to be recognized as one of the best out of hundreds of programs was such an honor.”
The Extra Comma Club Award is presented to Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs during the year in which they raise over $1 million annually for the first time. In 2018, three programs reached this fundraising milestone: the University of Connecticut, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of South Carolina.
The Miracle Maker Award is presented to the Dance Marathon programs that had the highest combined monetary and percentage increases in their overall fundraising over the previous year. Programs are divided into categories based on the year their organization was founded.
USCDM had the largest increase over the previous year among organizations 15 or more years old. Their $1,025,171 total was a 46 percent increase over the 2016-17 school year, and made them the 8th highest fundraising Miracle Network Dance Marathon program in the nation.