A group of students holds signs revealing the numbers of $16,000.67, the amount raised for Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital.
Marywood students revealed the total funds raised for their first Dance Marathon to benefit Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital—$16,000.67—surpassing their goal by $4,000.

Dance Marathon for Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital Surpasses Goal

Marywood University recently held its first Dance Marathon to benefit the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. The event, which set a goal of $12,000, surpassed that amount through generous support from the community and successfully raised $16,000.67.

Held near the end of the spring semester, Marywood students came together for the event, and the night of dancing also included face painting, sand art, corn hole, and catered food. Hospital and University representatives also spoke to the students about the impact of their efforts. Food and talent donations were contributed by TGI Fridays, GIANT, Perkins Franchising and Development, Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar, Lynn Sandy’s Bakery, Marywood’s Gourmet Dining LLC, Texas Roadhouse, Mike Walton DJ services, Party Crew LLC, Highway Line Dancing, Marywood’s Zumba instructor Vanessa Rodriguez, and more.

The event concluded with a closing ceremony the next morning, during which students heard from Anne Baum, President of Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, and Vanessa Gramm, the Director of Child Life at the hospital. The highlight was hosting the Marzen family, who shared their experience being treated at the hospital and how Marywood’s efforts are making a positive difference for families like them.

Kevin Farrell, Marywood’s Director of Student Engagement, noted that the students involved hope to expand this endeavor next year and make it an annual event.