Graduate receives Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award

Tara Chavda

Mercer University Class of 2020 graduate Tara Chavda was recently named one of 25 recipients of this year’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award.

The annual award is presented to exceptional leaders among the thousands of graduating seniors who have participated in the Miracle Network Dance Marathon at approximately 300 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. Dance Marathon annually raises funds for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Chavda is the first Mercer student to receive this award and the only student in Georgia selected for 2020.

“Thankful is an understatement. My experiences over the past four years — and the support and love from my advisers and peers — have shaped me into the leader I am today,” said Chavda. “I love everything about this organization and University, and being named one of the 25 Distinguished Leaders for 2020 feels like a dream. I would like to thank my family, friends and Mercer faculty and advisers for all of their love and support over the years. I owe it all to you.”

Chavda, from Alpharetta, earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering in May. She participated in MU Miracle, Mercer’s chapter of the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, all four years of her undergraduate career and personally raised $2,602.66 for the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital in Macon.

As this year’s executive director, Chavda coordinated MU Miracle’s virtual Bearthon on April 18, which raised a total of $68,237.76 for the local children’s hospital.

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