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!
2017 saw another tremendous increase after the number $151,000 was revealed! This historic number paved the way for future events to far succeed their goals.
In 2018, the goal was set at $190,000 — a big leap filled with determination after a successful year in 2017. Boise State Dance Marathon went on to make history by breaking the $200k mark, raising over $203,000 for the kids! This number broke the goal by $13,000.
With the goal to bring the focus back home in year seven of Dance Marathon at Boise State, the Executive Team set the goal at $208,000 — in honor of the great 208 in which we live. We also wanted to promote the new Idaho Elk’s Children’s Pavilion that is set to open Summer 2019. Boise State students came together and shed blood, sweat, and tears to successfully reach the goal by raising $208,014.67.
We look forward to the years to come as this organization makes new strides into the Boise and St. Luke’s Children’s community. FTK!