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SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The South High Marathon Dance announced on Wednesday the recipients of the 42nd annual event to be held in March.

Tom Myott, an adviser and coordinator of the dance, said there were over 90 individual and family applications and more than 40 applications from organizations this year.

The recipients were selected by the student dance committee, and Myott said the decisions are never easy.

“It’s unfortunate that we can’t help everybody,” Myott said. “The process is difficult for the students, but they’re learning life skills.”

All of the applications are reviewed and decisions are made based on individual need and mission of the organization.

The event has raised more than $7.3 million for nearly 500 beneficiaries in its 41-year history, and last year the dance broke its record again, bringing in $831,191.

Although breaking the record last year was great, Myott said that it was not something the event planners make a priority.

“It’s not about the total,” Myott said. “The recipients really respond to the fact that they’re being welcomed and helped by a community.”

This year’s theme is “Arcade,” and additional fundraising events are already underway, with last week’s Battle for the Bridge faculty basketball game raising over $5,000, according to organizer Robert Amberger.

Efforts will continue at several businesses through Feb. 25, and items are being collected for the auction. For more information on these events, refer to shmd.org/events.

A full list of the recipients can be found in the accompanying box.

The dance will take place March 1 and 2 at South Glens Falls Senior High School. Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, and the dance will be open to the public until 10:30 p.m. that night and after 7 a.m. on Saturday.

For more information about the dance, visit shmd.org.

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Samuel Northrop is the education reporter for The Post-Star. He can be reached at snorthrop@poststar.com.

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