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ECDM Raises $40,796 For the Kids!

Yup. You read that headline right. After a year of planning and thirteen hours of dancing, games, food and fun, Kevin Farrell, advisor for Emmanuel College Dance Marathon (ECDM), announced that they had raised $40,796; more than half of their original goal of $20,000.


Students wrote why they chose to dance for ECDM.
Photo: Melissa Mecchi


Students wrote what they will do until every child is well.
Photo: Melissa Mecchi


Schedule of events for ECDM 2013.
Photo: Melissa Mecchi

It was a shock to everyone in the room, including the executive board members and many people in the gymnasium started to cry. Hearing the total was a momentous way to wrap up the thirteen hour event.

Starting at 10pm on Saturday April 13 and ending at 11am on Sunday April 14, ECDM is an annual fundraising effort for Boston’s Children’s Hospital that came to Emmanuel last year. Then, the goal was $15,000 and they raised approximately $18,500. This year, ECDM upped their goal and far exceeded it more than anyone could have imagined.

Throughout the night there were performances from musicians Corey Allen Staat, Holi Moli and Skyler along with EC’s all-girl a Capella group, For Good Measure, and the Emmanuel College Dance Team; a DJ and karaoke from Karaoke Boston also brought down the house in the early hours and comedy from Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing, John Byrne entertained the crowd at 7am.

Throughout the night there were also Minute-To-Win-It challenges and food and ice cream from various locations like Uno’s Pizzeria and J.P. Licks. Each hour starting at 1am was the Morale Dance, which was choreographed to keep everyone’s spirits up and keep them moving throughout the night.

While the event was full of fun, games and food, the most memorable part came around 9:30am on Sunday when children who had been treated at Children’s Hospital and their families arrived. Their parents came up and shared their stories; the youngest patient was four years old, Griffin, and the oldest was only nine, Brooke.

Each child would not be here today if it hadn’t been for the nurses, doctors and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital. If anyone would see any of them on the street, they would never be able to tell that those vibrant, happy, energetic kids were once fighting for their lives in Emmanuel’s backyard. Tears were shed, both by the parents and the students in attendance.

Overall, ECDM 2013 was an incredibly successful event. It reached a monetary amount above and beyond what was expected and I know I’m curious to see what their goal will be next year, now that ECDM knows what they can reach. All I can say is dream big! After all, it’s for the kids.

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