“A lot of people donated on the basis of ‘we don’t like Duke’,” he said.
UNC-DM will factor the donations raised at Saturday’s game into the overall fundraising total against the earnings of Duke DM. Leonard said Duke DM does not have a scheduled men’s basketball fundraising date.
“We really challenged Duke Dance Marathon this year; they don’t have the relationship we have with our Athletics Department, so they couldn’t get into a game. We’re hoping that in the future they will be able to,” said Leonard.
UNC-DM spends a year fundraising for the patients and families of the NC Children’s Hospital. At the end of the year, the volunteers celebrate with a 24-hour dance marathon. This year’s celebration will be held in Fetzer Gym on Mar. 21 and 22.
While UNC-DM has done the challenge in past years, this is the first time it has challenged Duke DM to a fundraising competition. Chassity Bobbitt , UNC-DM’s media relations sub-chairwoman, said the winner will be determined by who collects the higher percentage of money for their Dance Marathon.
While the winner of the fundraising competition will not be announced until the end of the Duke Rivalry Week, Saturday’s event raised a little under $1,500, Leonard said.
Despite having more than 2,000 volunteers and contributors, UNC-DM is about more than finances, said senior Liz Goslin, who serves as this year’s Executive Director.
“We don’t set a firm monetary goal each year because we really believe that our impact that we have on the hospital extends beyond being purely monetary. That we want to be an emotional support system as well.”
Last year’s UNC-DM raised $430,181.68, but participants are motivated by the camaraderie in addition to the fundraising efforts.
“It’s just really cool to know that there are so many students who are coming together to celebrate a year of hard work,” Goslin said. “I was just also kind of fueled by that, you know, there’s a kind of infectious energy about the gym and the thought of sitting doesn’t even cross your mind because there are so many other people going through it with you.”