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Students Raise More Than $16,500 at 2017 IonaTHON

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College hosted its fourth annual IonaTHON dance marathon Friday, December 1, in the Hynes Athletics Center. The annual event served as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network and the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. The six-hour dance marathon raised more than $16,500 this year.
"This year's IonaTHON was such a tremendous success,” said Amanda Cifelli ’18, chair of IonaTHON logistics committee and executive director and co-chair of the Gaels Activities Board. “The 10 families at the event this year represent the most the hospital has ever seen at a dance marathon. It was very rewarding for the committee and I to see the event come together so smoothly and unite the entire Iona community.”
The event had approximately 400 registered attendees, who gave their time to create a memorable atmosphere for the children of the hospital and their families. IonaTHON is one of many official fundraising events directly supporting the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. The event benefited Hudson Valley children undergoing open-heart surgery, brain surgery, trauma and burn care, cancer treatments and other advanced services at the hospital. Students shared the dance floor with multiple families whose children have had lifesaving and life-changing care at the children’s hospital for the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County. The hospital supports the area's tiniest and sickest babies.
Chipotle, Domino's, and Partners in Sound Productions were among the many sponsors who helped make IonaTHON a success. Special thanks to Meredith Buono Dagrossa, director of community relations & corporate partnerships at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and Derek Litts, dance marathon manager benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Iona students Amanda Cifelli ’18 and Devika Joshi ’18 served as co-chairs of the event. See the entire executive board of the IonaTHON committee.
Iona students volunteered their time by helping with set-up, running check-in, and working booths around the gym. Throughout the night, there were performances by the McGough Academy of Irish Dance in Eastchester. Iona soccer players Furkan Sakur ’21 and Lisette Palomo ’21 sang and played the guitar as guest performers. The Iona cheerleaders dance team also performed routines while encouraging the crowd to dance the night away.
"Getting to work with the hospital to make this night a memorable one for the kids was an amazing experience,” said Alex Russo ’20, a member of Iona's volleyball team and fundraising chair on the IonaTHON committee. “It was nice to see all of our hard work come together.”
"We danced along with everybody else, and we had an especially great time with the kids and their families," said Barry James ’19, a member of Iona men's rowing. "Seeing smiles on the faces of the children and their families made us all feel overjoyed and made all of our efforts feel very appreciated."
Throughout the last four years, IonaTHON has been able to raise more than $50,000 for the Children's Miracle Network and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. The entire campus community looks forward to the IonaTHON event each year and the opportunity to change children's lives. Donations can be made to Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan in New Rochelle. With a global network of more than 45,000 alumni, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, pre-professional and professional programs, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Business Administration degrees, and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second-largest private sector employer in New Rochelle and provides more than 66,000 service hours in the community each year. Studies indicate the College also has an annual economic impact of $258 million as measured by the NY Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). See more at
Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America. We are the only children's charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kids.
Since inception, Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $200 million for kids across North America- ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone.