The Tenth Wartburg College Dance Marathon (WCDM) has almost a completely new executive team and are trying innovative ways get more people involved.
This year, 14 of the 15 members of the executive team are new, and this is third-years’ Nicholas Arp and Megann Kinseth first year as co-executives. Both Arp and Kinseth attended the Dance Marathon Leadership Conference (DMLC) at the University of Maryland in July.
“DMLC was very educational and gave us information that is going to make Wartburg College Dance Marathon 10 the biggest event we have seen so far,” Kinseth said. “DMLC has helped our program take a step forward when it comes to the overall process and strategies to help our dancers raise their minimum and attend our big event. But most importantly, it reminded our organization why we dance.”
One of the executive team’s goals this year is to get more students involved in the event.
“This year particularly we started recruitment early with a summer requirement,” Arp said. “We actually started in July. We always said that if you’re a dancer, you’ve been here three years, four years and you know you’re going to do it again why not give them the opportunity to start fundraising in the summer.”
The executive team also has been focusing on first-year and new dancers as well. New fundraising events have also been added this year in addition to past years’ events including the Whiskey Revival, food fundraising and Rake-A-Thon.
“We just did a tailgate for the football game and we had Child Health Day,” Arp said. “Combined we raised more than $2,000 in one weekend.”
Along with in person fundraising, each participant is provided a Donor Drive. This is an individual fundraising page that can be shared on social media so people can raise funds directly towards their goal.
The executive team is also doing Operation Dance Marathon; monthly sessions that the executive team help update participants and give announcements regarding WCDM. They also offer tips and tricks to fundraise.
“If they need help fundraising, we’re a resource to help them find ways to get to that minimum,” Arp said. “We want everyone to be able to go.”
Last year’s WCDM raised $81,850.09, and this year the goal is to raise $90,000. All of the funds are contributed to the Children’s Miracle Network. Funds raised for WCDM go to the kids at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
If students are interested in participating, they can register up to the day of WCDM event on March 24, 2018, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is a registration fee of $25. With this, they receive two T-shirts, two meals and entertainment throughout the day. There is also a minimum fundraising goal of $120, which goes directly to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
The executive team recommends registering as early as possible.
“The earlier that they start, the easier it is,” Arp said. “That way they can have multiple months to try to meet that minimum or exceed it.”
When trying to fundraise, it is also important to explain why WCDM is important.
“The best advice I can give to our participants for fundraising is always start with your why,” Kinseth said. “Explain to people why you have chosen to dance and raise money for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Educate people on your story, even if it’s as simple as you want kiddos to celebrate more birthdays. Explain that you want to make a difference in a child’s life. You want to support that child’s family that’s going through something that most people can’t imagine as their child is receiving treatment.”
To learn more about WCDM, visit their Facebook page and @WartburgDM on Twitter and Instagram.
To register for WCDM, visit https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2641. Trumpet readers also receive $5 off their registration fee if they enter the promo code “Trumpet.”