On Friday, Feb. 26, students danced in the Athletic and Recreation Center until 2:30 am for the “Dance Your Shoes Off Dance Marathon!” The event, which was part of the Nest and hosted by the Residence Life Staff and Programs Board, was held to raise donations for Haiti. Attendees were asked to bring a donation of 5 dollars for the American Red Cross or shoes for Soles for Souls.
“Staying up until 2:30 am never felt so good!” said senior Sola Ogundele, Director of Campus Programming. “There were some committed dancers that showed up at 9pm and danced until last song (2:30 a.m.), and I could not be prouder of the SMCM community.”
20 dollar gift cards to the campus store were given to Julia Funey, Katelyn Heydt, Maurielle Stewart, Molly McKee, and Erica Watson, the five people who remained at the end of the six hour marathon. 149 students attended and donated 174.72 dollars.
“I think the event was definitely a success,” said Chelsea McGlyn, one of the Prince George’s Resident Assistants who helped run the event. “I was surprised by the generosity some people showed (the DJ volunteered two extra hours in order to stay for the entire marathon, some people came in just to donate, Programs Board for combining their resources with ours to make it a success).”
“The Nest was in charge of finding and hiring a DJ to perform from the hours of 9pm-3am. ResLife organized the refreshments and the prize for the dance off winners,” said Jessica Harvey, Programs Board chair for the Nest.
The Invisible Children club will be hosting a similar event in April.