Droverthon’s Dance Marathon Fundraises for Children


Callie Koch

Vivianne and Veronica Stowell, the Oklahoma Champion Children, visited USAO’s campus to meet a few DroverThon members, including Leslie Randall, Alli Murray, Halli Humphrey, Montanna Patzack, and Chloey Orosco.

Paul Tointigh, Managing Editor

Droverthon is a philanthropy organization at USAO that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). DroverThon is a part of a national fundraiser to support CMN hospitals. Several fundraisers are hosted throughout the school year, including bake sales and candy grams. All fundraisers DroverThon hosts lead up to the Dance Marathon Main Event.

The Dance Marathon is the biggest fundraiser DroverThon hosts yearly. The fundraiser is sponsored by local donors as well as the USAO Alumni Association. The Dance Marathon event has face painting, character drawings, balloon animals, as well as a Just Dance tournament. T-Shirts and a nacho bar will also be provided.

The two Oklahoma Champion Children will also be present at the event, Vivianne Stowell and Veronica Stowell. The twins were born prematurely with irregular heartbeats, eye disease, respiratory issues, and brain bleeds. These two children receive care from the OU Children’s Hospital, and the proceeds raised from DroverThon events go to help these children, as well as others, within the CMN.

Halli Humphrey, a junior sociology and economics major, is a part of the executive board for DroverThon. Humphrey reflected on how her involvement in DroverThon has helped her grow as a person, as well as the lessons she has learned being involved.

“While being a part of it [DroverThon], I have learned how to work better with a team,” Humphrey said. “It has taught me how to turn ideas into practical things.”

The DroverThon’s Dance Marathon will take place Thursday, March 9th, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m in USAO’s Ballroom, which is on the second floor of the Student Center. All proceeds raised from the event will then be released to the Children’s Miracle Network. Those wishing to participate can register through the DonorDrive app. More information on how to register for Dance Marathon and donate to DroverThon can be found on the DroverThon’s Instagram page @DroverThon.

Paul Tointigh is a third-year Communication major at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.