Skogman Cares: University of Iowa Dance Marathon Feature Image

At Skogman Realty we feel it is important to give back to the communities that have given so much to us and are committed to supporting the communities in which we serve. In the past year, the Skogman Companies donated to more than 40 organizations in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Cedar Falls areas. The donations, volunteer hours, and sponsorships exceed $175,000!

One organization which has proven to be a staple in the Corridor community is the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. Going on its 23rd year of operation, this charity transforms lives and gives back to the people who need it most. Dance Marathon’s goal is to raise money for children and families who are battling pediatric cancer. Over the years the University of Iowa has raised over $18 million dollars, with each penny benefiting these amazing cancer-fighting kids!

This student-run organization operates year round, culminating in a ‘Big Event.’ Here, participants gather in a 24-hour Dance Marathon to celebrate cancer survivors as well as those who have passed away. No sitting or caffeine is allowed at the Big Event, instead, students must thrive off energy and love for the children who are experiencing the fight of their lives. Every student knows that while standing for 24 hours is hard, battling pediatric cancer is much harder.

In order to host a successful event and raise the most money possible, Dance Marathon requires large commitments from each level of participant. From the Executive Director who spends nearly every waking moment consumed with thoughts of Dance Marathon, to volunteers, to families of dancers, each individual contributes to the legacy of this local organization. Finally, a small pool of students are so dedicated to this organization that they run an actual marathon! Each year, Dance Marathon participants complete the Bank of Chicago Marathon: Dance Marathon the Marathon. In doing this, students attempt to raise money, awareness, and promote the ideals of Dance Marathon by completing one of the greatest physical challenges known to man.

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The 2017 Big Event takes place on February 3 to February 4 at the Iowa Memorial Union. There is still plenty of time to donate to this wonderful cause. You may choose to donate to a specific dancer by searching the participant list or simply make a general donation to the organization. Keep in mind, dancers need to raise $500 in order to be eligible to attend the Big Event in February, each dollar gets them closer to their goal! Help create tomorrow by donating resources to fight today.

Skogman takes high priority in seeing its community thrive and prosper. Organizations such as Dance Marathon are what makes the Midwest such a great place to call home, Skogman Cares and so should you!

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