Dance Marathons for Children

Children’s Miracle Network pic
Children’s Miracle Network
Image: childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org

Michael “Mike” Vasaturo is the vice president of New Haven Terminal, Inc., where he is responsible for the company’s finances and operations, including such tasks as managing insurances and human resources for the employees. Outside of his work, however, Mike Vasaturo spends a great deal of his time volunteering and supporting charitable organizations, such as the Children’s Miracle Network.

The Children’s Miracle Network is a North American nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for local children’s hospitals. The charity was founded in 1983 with a telethon aimed at raising money for 22 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada that quickly spiraled into a larger, more long-term organization.

The Children’s Miracle Network has a multitude of ways in which they raise money and awareness for its cause, but one of its main fundraisers is more creative than the rest: the Miracle Network Dance Marathon. The event, started by college students as a tribute to a fellow classmate who had died from HIV/AIDS, takes place over the course of an entire year. A group of students will spend the year organizing and raising funds for local children’s hospitals, and then end the year with an 8 to 40-hour dance marathon and celebration. In 2016 alone, these dance marathons raised over $26 million for local children’s hospitals.

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