Dancing For A Miracle supported the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization dedicated to providing funding for pediatric programs in research and education while serving every county in Oklahoma. In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Dancing For A Miracle, performances were inspired by the wonderful world of Disney and the music that is the soundtrack of childhood. All funds raised through Children's Hospital Foundation stay in Oklahoma, so that our children will have access to pediatric specialists without having to leave the state.
Over $500,000 were raised in a live and silent auction as well as pledges to find the STAR couple of the Dancing Competition. Mr. Chris Black'74 and his wife Cynthia were the Honorary Chairs of the event.
Ms. Hazel Lopez, Lower Division Spanish Teacher participated in the dance competition for a second year in a row. Her partner this year was Mr. Mike McDaniel. The couple raised $57,000 and took second place in the overall competition. Ms. Terri McCaleb and Darren Fernandez took first place with over $150,000 raised. Ms. Lopez stated, "It is an honor and great pleasure to participate in Dancing for a Miracle. I've participated before and it's always been fun to meet my partners and perform for an audience. Helping children has always been a focus of my life. As a dance instructor and a proud Spanish teacher at Casady School, I see the endless possibilities for the children. A child that has those possibilities is a happy child, that makes everyone smile. I want to step up and do what I can to help and I hope everyone else will too."
The Upper Division Casady Student Council yearly Walk-A-Thon also benefits the Children's Miracle Network. Save the date: April 6 for the 2017 Casady Walk-A-Thon around the beautiful Casady Lake.