2010 Dance Marathon sets fundraising record
Dance Marathon at the University can be defined in simple terms: It's an event where students have fun while doing a good deed.
The 2010 Dance Marathon, held this past weekend, raised nearly $140,000 for Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.
Dance Marathon is not a competition and does not even require the ability to dance. While dancers are taught a fun and easy line dance throughout the course of the event—which lasts exactly 24 hours—they also take part in fun-filled games and contests. They also enjoy entertainment from musicians, comedians, and performance groups. Dancers are visited by miracle families, who share their touching stories with the dancers and remind students that what they are doing is making a difference in the lives of others.
Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy on campus. It is an annual 24-hour event held in February that celebrates the culmination of efforts to raise financial and emotional support for the patients of Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, located here in Columbia. The hospital is a member of the Children's Miracle Network and is the largest freestanding children's hospital in the state, serving over 80,000 children throughout South Carolina.
In 2009, Dance Marathon involved more than 1,100 students and raised more than $111,000 for Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. Currently in its twelfth year of existence, Dance Marathon at USC has raised over $700,000 to help improve the lives of over 80,000 children throughout the state.
For more information and a photo collection from this year's event, go to http://www.uscdm.org.