Stormathon holds push day to raise money for new hospital

by Ashley Smith, Editor-in-Chief

Stormathon, Simpson College’s Dance Marathon, is hosting a fundraising push day on Dec. 1 to raise money for the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

According to a press release by Stormathon, fifteen Iowa colleges will be hosting push day events from midnight to midnight in an attempt to raise $183,000 in one day. This number was chosen to symbolize the 183 patient beds in the new hospital.

The new hospital will serve children with life-threatening illnesses from Iowa and beyond.

The push day events at Simpson will include Dancer Bingo with incentives, a merchandise table in Kent Campus Center, flash mobs, flyers and campus-wide emails.

The fifteen colleges that are participating are all part of an organization called “Miracle Network Dance Marathon,” which raises money for 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Iowa is the first state to have all of their programs collaborate for a fundraising push day.

Stormathon co-director, senior Bailey Wilmes, said in an email to The Simpsonian, “This is important because the hospital visits never stop and fundraising never stops either. The team Iowa push day is the biggest collaboration in dance marathon because of the collaboration between all Iowa schools. One cause for the kids.”

According to the press release, “Their mission is to show their school’s program is a part of a nationwide movement working together for the same cause: to provide emotional and financial support for the kiddos treated at the hospital.”

To donate to Stormathon’s cause, Google Simpson College Stormathon and it will take you to their homepage. Also, stop by Kent from 7-9 p.m. for the Stormathon dancer event. Contact the directors at [email protected].