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Second Annual Ankeny Mini Dance Marathon Raises over $23,000

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In just six hours, students from Ankeny High School, Ankeny Centennial High School, and Northview and Southview middle schools raised $23,135 for the University of Iowa Children’s Miracle Network Hospital during Ankeny’s second annual Mini Dance Marathon. 
 
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Kaylen Luttenegger, Anna Schweers, and Bekah White sing karaoke during Ankeny's second annual Mini Dance Marathon for Iowa's Children's Miracle Network.
 
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Anna Schweers and Hannah McCann show off their "FTK - For The Kids" temporary tatoos at Ankeny's Mini Dance Marathon for Iowa's Children's Miracle Network.
 
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Ashley Baxter and Kaylen Luttenegger sing karaoke to "Breaking Free" at Ankeny's Mini Dance Marathon for Iowa's Children's Miracle Network.
 
ANKENY, Iowa (February 18, 2016) – In just six hours, students from Ankeny High School, Ankeny Centennial High School, and Northview and Southview middle schools raised $23,135 for the University of Iowa Children’s Miracle Network Hospital during Ankeny’s second annual Mini Dance Marathon.

On Saturday, February 6, with the help of Iowa State Dance Marathon, Ankeny was able to host its own Mini Dance Marathon. From 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., students danced the night away and participated in games like Trivia Crack, hot-shot basketball, inflatables, giant Jenga, and karaoke.
 
"Student council spent countless hours organizing the Dance Marathon and we had many participants work countless hours raising money," said Sylvia Wineland, event organizer and AHS teacher. "We are blessed knowing that we raised money for a cause bigger than ourselves."  
 
Last year in its inauguration, Ankeny's Dance Marathon raised $31,000.  Prior to Ankeny's 2015 and 2016 events, the most money any high school had donated through the Iowa State Dance Marathon program was about $12,000.

The goal of the event was to raise money and keep students active for the entire six hours.

"It was a lot of time and effort to put an event like this on," expressed Brooke Stiles, student organizer.  "We [student council] have been planning it and working on it since October and it was awesome to see all of our hard work pay off."

 
Dance Marathon is a student run event created by the Children’s Miracle Network that takes place on college and university campuses around the country in order to raise funds for local affiliate’s children hospitals. There are currently more than 150 different Dance Marathon programs throughout the country.