Dance Fundraiser for Sacred Heart Children at University of Idaho

By Nicole Hindberg on February 18, 2019

Last Friday, the University of Idaho hosted a Vandalthon in order to raise money for children at Sacred Heart. The University of Idaho Commons Plaza was filled with hundreds of students who wanted to help with this fundraiser in any way that they could. Each student donated $10 in order to participate in this event. Students from all over campus came together and danced for a cause.

When University of Idaho student Natalie Goodman, first heard about this event she registered as soon as she could. When she was younger, her brother was sent to Sacred Heart and was able to recover there.

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Goodman said that “This organization is close to my heart. I want to do anything that I can to help them. The Vandalthon seemed like a fun and unique way to do that and I wasn’t wrong.”

Students danced the night away from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday night. There was something for everyone at this event Different genres and styles of dancing were featured throughout the night.

Before the night started, energy drinks, Kind bars, and Panda Express were given to students.

The fundraiser kicked off with Swing Dancing, a Dance-Off with Joe Vandal where the winner received a free t-shirt, Zumba, Hispanic music, headphone disco, and local musician The Boredom Corporation. The night ended with the Vandal Entertainment Final Fest playlist that featured all Finals Fest artists.

The University of Idaho’s Vandalthon was the yearly university-wide philanthropy project. This fundraising event is planned for an entire year. This event was just the final lead up.

All proceeds for this event were donated to Spokane’s Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital where parents don’t have a pay a single cent for treatment for their child. The children’s hospital’s slogan is “the only thing the family should worry about is getting their child better.” Many families can’t afford cancer treatments and hospitals like this one alleviate that financial burden while the child is getting treatment.

Hill said, “I’m so happy that I could take part in helping a child like my brother. There are countless children out there and it’s amazing the things that Sacred Heart does for the children and the families who need medical help from there. There aren’t many places that would do that.”

The University of Idaho will have another fundraiser like this next year. The fundraiser will once again be a danceathon.

Nicole Hindberg is studying Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Idaho. She has been writing for Uloop News since September 2018. She also writes for her school's newspaper called the Argonaut. She is also featured in weekly News shows on her university's radio station KUOI 89.3 FM Moscow.

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