our story

Boise State Dance Marathon was founded in 2012 by Stephanie Pyles and Bryan Vlok. They brought DM to the Boise State campus with a dream of making an impact and affecting the lives of the children of St. Luke's Children's Hospital. What started out as a dream and two friends quickly became something that many students looked forward to every year. Dance Marathon has become one of the largest philanthropies on the Boise State campus and has attracted attention from around the world.

In 2013, the initial year, we raised $5,000. We were blown away.

The following year, we set our goal at $7,500, hoping that we had gained traction around campus from our first year. We were astounded and amazed when we ended up raising over $37,000. This earned us national recognition from the Dance Marathon office and schools around the nation as the fastest growing dance marathon in the nation.

In 2015, our goal was to raise $45,000 for the kids of St. Luke's Children's Hospital. Revealing our grand total for the year on the iconic blue turf was pretty cool, but the cooler part was that we flew past our goal and raised an incredible $66,217.80! We were shocked.

2016 came around and our goal hit new heights. $80,000 - Bring. It. On. The Boise State University community really came together that year and did an incredible job of raising money. Our final number on the Blue Turf that morning was 114,425.89. Our reaction? Lots of tears and hugs. This brought us to the highest raising Dance Marathon on the West Coast!

Without the generous help from our sponsors, our friends, and our families, we would not be where we are today, stretching our goal to $140,000.00 in just 5 years!

Thank you for your endless support and we look forward to revealing our new total in February, 2017!

2013- $5,000

2014- $37,000

2015- $66,000

2016- $114,000

2017 - $151,000