University of Iowa
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, February 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.
For more information on the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, visit its website.
Iowa State University
A record 880 students participated in the Iowa State Dance Marathon, which benefits University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network. The students raised $380,742.15 in the 15-hour event on January 21 and 22 in Ames, a 44 percent increase over the $264,290.14 raised in 2011. Members of 31 families from central Iowa attended the marathon, which celebrated its 15th anniversary Saturday in Ames.
More than 200 students raised $11,459.80 for University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network during the 11th Annual Augustana College Dance Marathon January 28 and 29 in Rock Island, Ill. The eight-hour event kept 212 students on their feet and was host to 12 Quad Cities area families.