Another record-breaking year for UI Dance Marathon

a scene from Dance Marathon 2012, with dancers throwing their hands up in the air

Dancers throw their hands in the air at Dance Marathon 2012, which raised another record level of funds for the UI Children's Hospital. Photo by Bill Adams.

University of Iowa Dance Marathon continues to top its fundraising records. When “the Big Event,” 24 hours of nonstop dancing, drew to a close on Saturday, Feb. 4, students in the 18th annual event had raised $1,369,147.18 for the UI Children’s Hospital, a 12.2 percent increase from 2011.

More than 1,500 students—another record number—participated in the event, which started at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, and was held in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Working year-round to reach their individual goal, each dancer must raise $400 to attend the Big Event.

Along with nonstop dancing, this year’s event featured live performances by bands such as Hello Ramona and Good Luck Jane, as well as other acts like the UI Breakers, line dancing lessons, and more. Nearly 1,000 family members of patients also were in attendance.

Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropic organization at the UI. In the past 18 years, it has raised more than $11.2 million to support pediatric oncology programs at the UI Children’s Hospital.

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