Lamar University Dance Marathon (LUDM) hosted their first event at the end of 2017. The evening wrapped up Lamar University’s homecoming week by celebrating the students who helped raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the year.
Participants created personal fundraising pages on LUDM’s website at the beginning of the year and asked friends and family members to donate. After visiting CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth last fall, Lamar University Dance Marathon’s executive members made it their goal to raise enough money to revive St. Elizabeth’s pediatric playroom with new toys and furniture. LUDM wanted the children staying in the hospital to have a fresh space where they could play and feel like kids instead of patients.
At the Lamar University Dance Marathon event, students were met with an event T-shirt at the door and spent the evening dancing to celebrate their success. Chick-fil-A provided dinner and there were plenty of door prizes to be won from Nothing Bundt Cakes packages to an Apple Watch. The Ryan White Award for the Top Fundraising Team went to Alpha Tau Omega for bringing in over $1,300! One of their team members, Christian Dick, went above and beyond by raising over $800 – more than doubling most other students’ totals. At the end of the evening, LUDM students took the stage to announce the final amount they would be donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for St. Elizabeth’s pediatric playroom. The Lamar University students were thrilled to reveal a grand total of $4,730!