University of South Carolina

2011 Dance Marathon sets fundraising record

Dance Marathon participants at the University of South Carolina have raised the bar again, setting a marathon fundraising record for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, the largest freestanding children’s hospital in the state.

Held this past weekend (Feb. 25-26), the 13th annual Dance Marathon raised $160,584.05 That’s an increase of nearly $20,000 from the 2010 marathon. The 24-hour dancing event took place from 7 p.m. Friday -7 p.m. Saturday at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.

The largest student-run philanthropy on campus with more than 600 participants, Dance Marathon is not a competition and requires no dancing expertise. Early in the evening, dancers were taught a routine they would be performing on the hour, every hour, that included moves from “Teach Me How to Dougie,” “Thriller,” “Bye, Bye, Bye” and “Gettin’ Jiggie With It.” The dancers enjoyed hourly themes throughout the night such as “Nineties and Neon” and “Ninja Turtles,” and were entertained by Soundcheck, USC’s male a capella group, and local band Might McFly.

In 2010, Dance Marathon raised nearly $140,000 for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, which is a member of Children’s Miracle Network and serves more than 80,000 children throughout South Carolina. USC Dance Marathon has raised over $800,000 to aid thousands of children throughout the state.

Dance Marathons are held on college campuses around the country to raise money for local children’s hospitals that are members of Children’s Miracle Network. For more information from this year’s Dance Marathon, visit

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 02/28/11 @ 5:05 PM | Updated: 03/07/11 @ 2:35 PM | Permalink