Today’s guest blogger is Mike Stapleton. He is a third year student studying Hospitality Leadership with a concentration in Event Management and a specialization in Sales Marketing with a minor in Spanish. He is originally from Downers Grove, IL. On campus he is involved in DemonTHON, Alpha Phi Omega, and DePaul Men Against Sexual Violence. He shares his story within his leadership position in DemonTHON this year!
For those of you that do not know, DemonTHON is a yearlong fundraising act that comes to a close in the form of a 24-hour dance marathon. Students fundraise money for the kids at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. As a member of the leadership team, I like to view the “Big Event” more as a party to give thanks to all of the dancers that worked so hard to raise the minimum of $250 dollars.
When I say party, I really do mean a party! The Moral team loaded the event with numerous activities and lots of energy that kept the party bumpin’ all night long! My favorite part of the Big Event is always being able to hear the miracle stories that bring a closer look into the big question: Why we dance. We dance for the kids that can’t and for the kids that we were lucky to have join us! The party doesn’t end there though. This year’s event ended with the greatest gift DemonTHON 2013 could have ever asked for. We raised $150,313.37, that will go directly to the kids and families that are connected to the hospital. Having seen that number pop up on the countdown was an unbelievable moment, but knowing the impact that that will have on the hospital and its patients is what brings me to tears every single year.
Our goal is to let students know that DemonTHON is more than just the party at the end of our school session. DemonTHON is an organization that loves to get involved and give back to the DePaul community as well! We show our support at sporting events, have kickball games with the families from the hospital and even perform flash mobs throughout the year! We also reach out to the community by doing service at Chicago Bears games at Soldier Field.
This year, I had the privilege of being the catering director of the 2013 DemonTHON event and had to feed the 350 dancers and leadership team members that decided to devote their day to standing for the kids! While this was a bit of a strenuous responsibility, I enjoyed all of the experience that this event has given me while I pursue my own career in event management.
This event would not be possible without courageous and daring students that want to contribute to something larger than them selves. Every year we make our mark on history and cherish lives in need. I would love to tell you more about the actual event, but I could not do it justice. DemonTHON 2014 hopes that you will come out and join the family and experience a once in a life time opportunity!