Dance Marathon Supports Triangle Children’s Hospitals

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Prudential recently awarded 14-year-old Madison Bechtel with a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her leadership in organizing the Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School’s annual Triangle Dance Marathon, which took place in November at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Hosted by Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School’s Social Organization and Service (“SOS”) Club, the event raised $13,050 for N.C. Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital through admission tickets and T-shirt sales.

During the marathon, students danced, played games and interacted with children from both hospitals. Watch videos of the dance marathon at

Bechtel, who just completed her eighth-grade year, may take the marathon idea to Heritage High School when she begins ninth grade in August. “I have a deep passion for this cause,” she says. “At my new high school next year, I think a couple of my fellow eighth-graders and I are going to try to start a dance marathon there if we can.”

Bechtel has also worked with the school’s SOS Club to host an annual fair for wounded troops. On her own, she’s creating a helpline and resource center for abused teens.

As part of the Prudential award, Bechtel received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C., in May, where she and other honorees were recognized for their service work.

Photo: Madison Bechtel (left) and Haley King (right) emcee the 2012 Triangle Dance Marathon, which took place at PNC Arena in Raleigh. (Photo courtesy of the Bechtel family)

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