Savannah Wilson & Maddi Stark
Responsibilities: The Co-Executive Directors work side-by-side as they share the same responsibilities. The Co-Executive Directors oversee the Executive Board, keeping all the "big picture" things in mind and helping the Executive Board stay on task. The Co-Executive Directors lead meetings with the Directors and serve as the face of the Executive Board.
Why I Dance:
"I dance for more days filled with laughter and smiles. I dance for more firsts, more birthdays, more milestones, and more dreams coming true. I dance to give our kiddos the chance to feel like kids and be superstars for a day. I dance for those who are still fighting, those who have won the toughest battles, and those who will forever be dancing in our hearts. I dance so the kiddos and their families aren’t alone in their fight."
Why I Dance:
"I dance for kiddos to have more normal days filled with the joy and love that every childhood should possess. I dance for families who have had to watch their children, siblings, grandchildren, etc., go through unimaginable pain and suffering. I dance for our kiddos and their families to feel loved and supported by the DM community. I dance to honor those kiddos who have gained their angel wings, so that they may be remembered and honored. I dance to give the hope that together we can end pediatric illness and disease."
Responsibilities: The Finance Director oversees Donor Drive and works closely with the Fundraising Director and the Morale Director. The Finance Director tracks both online and offline donations, as well as manages the SAU DM budget.
Why I Dance: "I dance for my cousin Kale, along with all of the other strong kiddos who have fought or are continuing to fight the unimaginably tough battles associated with pediatric illness. I dance for more smiles, more laughs, and brighter days ahead. I dance to give kiddos a day to forget about their hardships and live the carefree life every child deserves. I dance so no family feels like they are facing these battles alone. I dance for a future without pediatric illness."
Responsibilities: The Morale Director oversees all Morale Captains and keeps the energy flowing on campus throughout the year.
Why I Dance: "I dance for more smiles and more laughter. I dance to bring adventure filled days and memories to the kiddos to distract them from the hardships they often face. The small, simple things bring more happiness, joy, and relief than we realize. I dance not only for the financial support, but the emotional support. I dance to bring a sense of community to let our families know they are not alone in their fight. "
Family Relations Director
Responsibilities: The Family Relations Director is in charge of coordinating all of the communication between our Miracle Families and St. Ambrose University Dance Marathon. FR also plans all family events and activities. This committee builds close relationships with our Miracle Families who are being treated/have been treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Why I Dance: "I dance for more tomorrow’s. Our kiddos deserve the opportunity for days full of laughter, their favorite songs and movies, playdates, and days at school with all their friends. I dance for all the kiddos who will forever be dancing in our hearts. I dance to help keep those long days and nights in the hospital far and few between. I dance for our 49 kiddos who have turned into some of my best friends. I dance for any child and family affected by pediatric illness."
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Responsibilities: The PR & Marketing Director recruits dancers for the Big Event and keeps dancers engaged all year through digital and print communication mediums including: social media, graphic design, videos, photos, and apparel. The PR & Marketing Director also interacts with the community concerning all things Dance Marathon and works closely with all other Directors.
Why I Dance: "I dance so that each and every kiddo and family knows they aren't alone in their battle against pediatric illness. I dance for our strong, fighting kiddos, kiddos who have won their battle, and kiddos who are forever dancing in our hearts. I dance for more laughs, smiles, high fives, hugs, and memories made outside of the hospital. I dance to change kids' health and change the future."
Responsibilities: The Fundraising Director is charged with fundraising both within the St. Ambrose University community (including individuals, organizations, professors, and administration) and from the Quad City area (including businesses and national CMN sponsors).
Why I Dance: "I dance for more tomorrows for our kiddos. I dance to let our families know they are not alone in their fight. I dance because no child should have to spend their childhood in a hospital. I dance for our kiddos who are fighting their battles, those who won their battles, and for those who are forever dancing in our hearts. I dance for more smiles, laughs, and memories."
Entertainment & Logistics Director
Responsibilities: Entertainment & Logistics Director works to plan all of the events and entertainment for the day of the Big Event. Entertainment & Logistics is in charge of making sure all of the fine details are put together in order to have a smooth-running, fun event. This includes music, food, games, and anything that will make the event fun! Scheduling and time management will be large factors into a successful day of the event.
Why I Dance: "I dance for kiddos fighting battles like my sweet cousin Ethan. I dance for their families, that they may feel loved and supported, especially in the toughest times. I dance so kiddos know they are capable of anything. For more hugs, laughs, and I love yous. For them to have a day all about them. A day to celebrate how truly special they are. I dance because kids can’t wait!"
Community Outreach Director
Responsibilities: The Community Outreach Director works to coordinate high school mini dance marathons, alumni engagement, and our Miracle Miles program. They help to spread the name of SAU Dance Marathon in the community, as well as further help the community to understand and support the cause SAU Dance Marathon stands for.
Why I Dance: "I dance for more in our kiddos’ lives. More birthdays, endless laughs, favorite meals, sleepovers, and tomorrows. For more development of research, facilities, and treatments in the realm of pediatric illness. I dance because no child should have to worry about how hard they can play, what they are allowed to eat, or when their next doctor's appointment is. I dance to show our kiddos that they are not alone in this fight - and to bring comfort to their families during & after treatment. I dance to encourage the next generation to continue this fight against pediatric illness."
Responsibilities: The Sponsorship Director is responsible for local and area business sponsors, corporate sponsors, and grant applications. They solicit community partners for cash or in-kind donations to meet committee needs and support Dance Marathon.
Why I Dance: "I dance for the future. For the ability for children to experience their own future whatever it may hold. For them to grow up and see that the world is an amazing yet challenging place that they get to make a difference in. That no matter what if they set their mind to it nothing is too big or too far out of reach. Anything from wanting to touch the moon or cure cancer our kiddos can do. They are our future and I for one can not wait to see what it holds."
Alumni Engagement Director
Responsibilities: The Alumni Engagement Director involves interaction and communication with SAU Dance Marathon Alumni. Duties include planning events, communicating with SAU professional staff especially the Alumni House and Alumni Moral Captains. The main purpose is to help SAUDM Alumni stay involved with this wonderful organization.
Why I Dance: "I dance first and foremost for the kiddos who don’t get to enjoy the carefree childhood that they deserve. To create an environment where they can be young and free, a day that they aren’t consumed by poking, prodding and pain. I also dance for the loving community that comes from it. Dancing makes miracles, saves lives, creates memories, and builds genuine connections with all kinds of people throughout life’s toughest journeys. I dance because it saves lives."
Responsibilities: Overseeing the student leaders, offering advice when needed, and serving as a support system for the organization!
Why I Dance:
"I dance for more "first's"! More first day of school, and first best friend. More first high school football game, and first school dance. More first Dance Marathon Big Event. But it's not just the "first's," it's also more birthdays, more family events, more smiles, and more of everything else that makes life great and helps us grow."