DM receives award from AIDS organization

Northwestern’s Dance Marathon executive board members were honored as one of the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago’s 2009 Advocates of the Year at a Tuesday evening reception in downtown Chicago.

DM was named Outstanding Philanthropic Advocate of 2009.

DM was nominated for the award in December by the executive director of their 2009 beneficiary, Eva Payne of Project Kindle. DM 2009 raised $576,470 for Project Kindle, a foundation that holds camps for youth affected by HIV/AIDS.

Payne said in a press release that she wanted to reward DM for their dedication to Project Kindle as well as for their previous support of Children’s Memorial Hospital and Pediatric AIDS Chicago.

“This proves (DM) makes a significant difference to the AIDS service organizations who have benefited from their support,” she said in a press release. “For the ALCC to see this impact … proves that NUDM does more than raise money, they are true advocates for the causes they support.”

Members of the DM 2009 executive board accepted the award.

There were people from all types of organizations, co-Chairs Liz Banks and Phil Reich said.

“We weren’t the only college students … being honored,” said Reich, a Weinberg senior. “It was eye-opening.”

“It was interesting to see how many different aspects of each community there was,” said Banks, a Communication senior. “I don’t think we really had a full aspect, we had pediatric AIDS.”