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Warrensburg Central School Marathon Dance raises record sum for charity

Several days before Warrensburg High School's Marathon Dance held Saturday Jan. 14, student Amber Smith, 18 (left), and her mother Martha Smith sell raffle tickets to raise money in conjunction with the event.

Several days before Warrensburg High School's Marathon Dance held Saturday Jan. 14, student Amber Smith, 18 (left), and her mother Martha Smith sell raffle tickets to raise money in conjunction with the event. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Key to the successful cash proceeds of the Marathon Dance was the participation of sixth graders, who held fundraisers in the months leading up to the dance.

While the high schoolers had to raise $50 to participate — double last year’s requirement — the sixth graders had a $20 minimum to reach. About 15 sixth graders joined in the night’s activities, and Smith said the high school students had a welcoming attitude toward the younger set.

“The elementary students were well-received and integrated into all the activities,” she said.

Smith said dozens of area businesses were remarkably generous. She noted that Stewart’s Shops donated milk, eggs, bread and other goods.

“They came through with a ton of food,” she said.

Although pleased with the proceeds, Marathon Dance organizers have talked about how to boost participation in the event, noting that holding the event on a three-day weekend may exclude students who are on a getaway vacation with their families.

Also, an idea was proposed to hold the event from noon to midnight, to boost dancers’ energy levels, Smith said.

“This year’s event was fun, but we seek to make it bigger and better every year,” she said. “Our goal is to do as much as we can for the community.”

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