5 questions with Blessings in a Backpack CEO

    We sat down with Blessings in a Backpack CEO Brooke Wiseman right after Block 6. Here's what she said about their partnership with DM.

    How long have you been in the DM tent?

    I was here last night and came back about 8 this morning. I’ve been in and out of the tent for all that time. It’s been amazing.

    What was your favorite part of DM?

    I was here before when everyone ran out of the chute into the tent. It was so beautiful to watch that because it meant all these students have been helping us. And to see them – hundreds of them – running in at the beginning of the Dance Marathon – was overwhelming. It was amazing to see how many students here really care about making a difference in the world at large and to feed hungry kids in the United States. That was a big testimony to the power of what the Dance Marathon does here year after year.

    What was it like coordinating with and working with DM before the event?

    The executive committee has been wonderful. We learned a lot from them and loved watching them do their job to get ready for this. Putting on an event this size is a big undertaking and they have been very organized. It was great to work with students all over the country who will now know Blessings with a Backpack going forward and hopefully continue that relationship as alumni. 

    What do you love most about Blessings in a Backpack? 

    The simplicity – it’s volunteer-driven, so the backpacks are filled and the dollars are raised by volunteers across the country in their local community. I love the grassroots part of it. People in the community take care of other people in their own community. It’s beautiful.

    So – big question here. What's your favorite dance move?


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