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UIDM Fall 2020 Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                       Media Contact

Friday September 4, 2020                                                                                                        Maddie Huntley


                                                                                 Media Advisory


University of Iowa Dance Marathon Releases Fall 2020 Plan

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is committed to rising with resilience by creating an entirely virtual year. In the interest of the health and safety of our families, students, and community members, we have decided to forego any in-person event or programming. 

UI Dance Marathon commits itself to have a presence in the community and Stead Family Children's Hospital by creating connections through virtual engagement. These virtual events and programming allow more people to share their support for our families than ever before. Please check out our events and list of additional programming we will be having this year below.

All meetings, including monthly Dancer Meetings, will be held online. Meetings will be held on a webinar-style platform. Day to DM, the annual 24-hour fundraising push day will also be held online and further plans announced in early-October. 

All merchandise items and sales will be done online with the help of our campus partner, the Hawk Shop. More information will be coming on our new online UIDM Merchandise Shop. Community Days held at local businesses and restaurants with portions of proceeds going to our mission will still be held with partners that uphold health and safety COVID-19 guidelines. 

Dance Marathon the Marathon will be holding 26.2 Days of DMM to serve as a countdown to virtual Race Day on October 11th. This includes fundraising challenges, mile motivators, and other community challenges. Post-virtual race day, there will be a shoe drive to donate worn running shoes. 

New additions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts involve educational speakers from campus to promote a Diverse and Inclusive atmosphere in our organization. Other new additions to the year include online silent auctions with curated gift baskets, a Can Collection in local neighborhoods and businesses to donate for change, “Winter Fun boxes” for purchase to celebrate the winter holidays, and the Hospital Liaison YouTube Channel made to provide mindful minutes and craft tutorials for our kiddos. 

A decision in regard to our annual Big Event celebration will be announced in late-September.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit or email Holly Smith at