YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Guinathon, a dance marathon that helps raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley, surpassed its goal of raising $30,000 at its event this weekend.
The event raised over $45,000 — $15,000 over their initial goal.
Guinathon Executive Director Jenna Roesch said the total amount raised was kept a secret until the final reveal at the end of the night.
“Only five people on the planet were aware of our fundraising total and even I didn’t know it the week leading up to our event or at all yesterday. So exceeding our goal by that much was an incredible surprise,” she said.
Its message — dancing for those who can’t stand.
The eight-hour event had more than just dancing though, the day also included performers, a lip-sync battle, a ball pit, “Miracle Family” autograph sessions and stories, a photo booth and a raffle basket drawing.
Roesch said the planning began right after last year’s event.
“We’ve been preparing since right after YSUDM last year by doing smaller awareness and fundraising things for the kids like getting people signed up and pumped for this event, having Miracle Family awareness events and fundraisers like restaurant takeovers, social media challenges, bakes sales and dunk tanks,” she said.
The marathon raised over $18,000 last year.
Hosting a dance marathon is part a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community.
In our local community, our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley.
Guinathon is what YSU calls its own dance marathon.