Representing a variety of organizations across the UConn campus, thousands of students will gather in Hugh S. Greer Field House at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 18 for an 18-hour weekend-long dance marathon. All year, students have joined teams and organized fundraisers to help raise money for the children and families at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. This marathon serves as the apex for the year’s worth of student-run fundraisers by HuskyTHON.
Students have the option to become a dancer, morale captain, or volunteer for the event. For the people who can’t constantly dance through the night, a “Morale Corner” is set up where the morale captains will be teaching a dance to exhausted students and trying to keep them energized throughout the night. The morale captains will take the floor and dance to a number of hit songs at the top of every hour throughout the event.
Other activities will be happening throughout the night in addition to the 18-hour dance marathon. Theme hours are planned for the teams such as color wars, Disney and a PJ party. A night of survival guide with a list of items participants may need and all of the theme hours are posted on the HuskyTHON website.
HuskyTHON’s fundraising efforts do not go un-noticed by CCMC, the community, or even pop stars like Taylor Swift. Last year’s event resulted in her personally donating to a student’s individual fundraising page for HuskyTHON. Children and families from the hospital also gather at the dance marathon to see the overwhelming amount of support they have through these students, the school and the community.
As the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of Connecticut, HuskyTHON is continually striving to give all children the care they deserve and to get them healthy and back home. In 2016, a total of $716,394 was raised for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center through the hard work and dedication of the student-run management team, committee member and all volunteers. Since 1999, when the organization was created, they have raised over $2 million and have been named the No. 11 top collegiate fundraiser across the nation by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
If you’re a student at UConn and want to become involved, HuskyTHON is always accepting volunteers! HuskyTHON students want your support to help beat the record numbers of last year, which was $716,394 raised, 1,813 dancers and 457 volunteers. To register or donate, click here. Donations for the event end March 31,2017 at 11:45 p.m.
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