Miracle Network Dance Marathon Announces Distinguished Leadership Award Recipients

Twenty Graduating Students Selected for Inaugural Honor

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#FTKMiracle Network Dance Marathon has named 20 graduating college
student leaders as recipients of the inaugural Distinguished
Leadership Award
. The honorees are being recognized for making an
exceptional impact within their Dance Marathon program, on their
individual campus and for their local Children’s Miracle Network
Hospital.

The collective efforts of Miracle Network Dance Marathon events have
raised nearly $180 million since 1991 for Children’s Miracle
Network Hospitals
, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and
awareness for 170 pediatric hospitals across North America. Each
year, hundreds of thousands of student dancers participate in
approximately 300 events at colleges and universities across the U.S.
and Canada, contributing to a movement that continues to grow in size
and dollars earned year over year.

The Miracle Network Dance Marathon 2017 Distinguished Leadership
Award Honorees are:

  • Alaina
    Schukraft
    of Dallas, Penn. is graduating from Elon
    University
    . Alaina’s leadership of ELONTHON helped raise
    $351,554 on April 8, 2017, for Duke Children’s Hospital in Raleigh-Durham,
    N.C.
  • Ashley
    Detherage
    of Indianapolis, Ind. is graduating from Vanderbilt
    University
    . Ashley’s leadership of Vanderbilt Dance Marathon
    helped raise $282,332 on March 25, 2017, for Monroe Carell Jr.
    Children’s Hospital
    at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Bailey
    Burns
    of Sugar Grove, Ill. is graduating from University
    of Illinois
    . Bailey’s leadership of IlliniThon helped raise
    $310,586 on April 1, 2017, for HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital
    in Springfield, Ill.
  • Cat
    Edwards
    of Baltimore, Md. is graduating from Georgia
    Institute of Technology
    . Cat’s leadership of For the Kids
    at Georgia Tech
    helped to raise $211,228 on March 4, 2017, for Children’s
    Healthcare of Atlanta
    in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Court
    Simmons
    of Philadelphia, Penn. is graduating from Saint
    Joseph’s University
    . Court’s leadership of Saint Joseph’s
    University Dance Marathon
    helped raise $27,648 for the Nov. 19,
    2016, event benefitting Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia,
    Penn.
  • Daniel
    Vorwerk
    of Mediapolis, Iowa is graduating from University
    of Northern Iowa
    . Daniel’s leadership of UNI Dance Marathon
    helped raise $453,278 on March 4, 2017, for University of Iowa
    Stead Family Children’s Hospital
    in Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Drew
    Carlton
    of Sanibel, Fla. is graduating from University
    of Florida
    . Drew’s leadership of the Dance Marathon at the
    University of Florida
    helped to raise $2,724,324 from March 25-26,
    2017, for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville,
    Fla.
  • Elizabeth
    Wilbur
    of Tulare, Calif. is graduating from California
    State University, Fullerton
    . Elizabeth’s leadership of TitanTHON
    helped raise $54,352 on March 4, 2017, for CHOC Children’s
    in Orange County, Calif.
  • Grace
    Anshutz
    of Des Moines, Iowa is graduating from DePauw
    University
    . Grace’s leadership of DePauw Dance Marathon
    helped raise $89,186 on November 19, 2016, for Riley Hospital for
    Children
    in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Jacob
    Zawoysky
    of Alpharetta, Ga. is graduating from Georgia
    College
    . Jacob’s leadership of Georgia College Miracle
    helped raise $222,492 on April 1, 2017, for Children’s Hospital,
    Navicent Health
    in Macon, Ga.
  • Julianne
    Putano
    of Toledo, Ohio is graduating from University
    of Toledo
    . Julianne’s leadership of RockeTHON: The University
    of Toledo’s Dance Marathon
    helped raise $153,707 on April 8, 2017,
    for Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Kaiwei
    Hsu
    of Bethesda, Md. is graduating from University
    of Maryland
    . Kaiwei’s leadership of Terp Thon helped raise
    $1,001,394 on March 4, 2017, for Children’s National Health System
    in Washington, DC.
  • Katherine
    Nahigian
    of Columbia, S.C. is graduating from Clemson
    University
    . Katherine’s leadership of Clemson Miracle
    helped raise $126,848 on April 1, 2017, for Greenville Health System
    in Greenville, S.C.
  • Kelsey
    Torgerson
    of Tallahassee, Fla. is graduating from University
    of Florida
    . Kelsey’s leadership of Dance Marathon at the
    University of Florida
    helped raise $2,724,324 from March 25-26,
    2017, for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville,
    Fla.
  • Kyle
    Barry
    of Plymouth, Ind. is graduating from Indiana
    Wesleyan University
    . Kyle’s leadership of Indiana Wesleyan
    University Dance Marathon
    helped raise $13,148 on March 24, 2017,
    for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Matt
    Garizio
    of Jacksonville, Fla. is graduating from Florida
    State University
    . Matt’s leadership of Dance Marathon at
    Florida State University
    helped to raise $1,830,167 from Feb.
    25-26, 2017, for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville,
    Fla.
  • Natalie
    Weston
    of Grapevine, Texas is graduating from The
    University of Texas at Austin
    . Natalie’s leadership of Texas
    THON
    helped to raise $282,338 on March 5, 2017, for Dell
    Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
    in Austin, Texas.
  • Shelby
    Wells
    of Portland, Ore. is graduating from Gonzaga
    University
    . Shelby’s leadership of Gonzaga University Dance
    Marathon
    helped raise $76,592 on Feb. 11, 2017, for Sacred
    Heart Children’s Hospital
    in Spokane, Wash.
  • Sydney
    Read
    of Old Forge, Penn. is graduating from Temple
    University
    . Sydney’s leadership of HootaThon helped raise
    $404,074 on February 11, 2017, for Children’s Hospital of
    Philadelphia
    in Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Whitney
    Coriolan
    of Worthington, Minn. is graduating from Creighton
    University
    . Whitney’s leadership of Creighton Dance Marathon
    has helped raise $47,847 so far this year for the Oct. 29, 2017, event
    benefitting Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha,
    Neb.

Together, these students raised $8.7-million across 20 events!

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement founded 26 years ago at
Indiana University. The programs are student-run organizations that
operate throughout the year and culminate in a 6- to 48-hour Dance
Marathon event where students reveal and celebrate the year’s
fundraising total, participate in games and dancing and meet with
patient families treated at the local Children’s Miracle Network
Hospital.

“These student leaders are the core of Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s
mission,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle
Network Hospitals. “Each student honored has led his or her event to
success by serving as a role model for other students, while growing the
Dance Marathon movement on their campus. They are committed to the
cause, and have demonstrated that commitment through personal
fundraising and advocating for the life-saving work local children’s
hospitals engage in daily.”

Award recipients will receive a plaque recognizing outstanding
leadership, graduation honor cords, recognition on Dance Marathon social
media channels and on the CMN Hospitals website, in addition to releases
announcing the distinction to their respective university and local
media outlets.

For more information on the Miracle Network Dance Marathon program, or
to interview a Distinguished Leadership Award recipient, please contact
Brian Golden at Brian Golden at 757-620-5016 or Bgolden@cmnhospitals.org.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170
member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids
across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical
treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and
charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has
raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the
charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and
programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives
of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need
community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put
Your Money Where the Miracles Are
, at CMNHospitals.org and
facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

Contacts

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Brian Golden, 757-620-5016
Bgolden@cmnhosptials.org
or
The
Summit Group Communications
Kirsta Albert, 435-640-1638
kalbert@summitslc.com