Distinctive Hope: Giving Hope to Kids

Hope students volunteer countless hours throughout the community and year, a commitment to service expressed most prominently via Dance Marathon, in which more than 1,000 participate. Held annually since 2000, the student-organized event is — as per its motto above — a fund-raiser and awareness-builder supporting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. With more than a third of the student body involved, it’s perhaps no wonder that in 2019 Hope’s Dance Marathon was the #4 such fundraising program in the nation among campuses with fewer than 12,000 undergraduates — a cohort that includes institutions nearly four times the college’s size. This year’s event, held on Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, and chronicled with a gallery on Hope’s website, raised $370,671.21, bringing its 21-year total to more than $3 million.

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