Kicking up their heels: Dance marathon reaches profit goal

Students fill the cafeteria during the Turning Point Dance Marathon 2018 held at Central Middle School, Saturday, February 24, 2018. Carla Clark | For The Republic

The 19th annual Dance Marathon raised $140,423 for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services over the weekend.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support services provided by the Columbus-based organization, which includes emergency shelter, transitional housing and legal assistance for victims. Turning Point also provides prevention education and programming.

The 10-hour event, from Saturday night to Sunday morning at Central Middle School, was attended by 412 high school students this year, said Stephen Dishinger, community prevention manager with Turning Point. That attendance level is down from the 520 students that attended Dance Marathon a year ago.

Three $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Columbus North High School senior Ismeny Duron and Columbus East High School seniors Maggie Mahoney and William Bruin.

The fundraising and educational event got its start in 2000 after Columbus East High School students planned the first dance marathon as part of a senior project.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or