The UNC Dance Marathon is a few months away, but chances are you're hearing about it already.
The marathon kicks off Feb. 21 and goes straight through Feb. 22, but meetings began last March, and the deadline for dancer applications is here.
The first UNC Dance Marathon took place in 1999 and raised $40,000 for the N.C. Children's Hospital after founder Michael Bucy recruited 13 people to be part of the committee. Last year the marathon raised $122,209 with the help of 400 student volunteers and 577 dancers.
Each year, the 24-hour event is host to guest speakers, UNC performing groups and the children from the hospital to give the dancers a break.
The money goes directly to the families and patients of the hospital to cover costs not associated with Medicaid or medical insurance. In the past, the money has been used to pay a family's electrical bill, buy clothing and buy holiday dinners.
Junior Dana Gottheim who is in charge of raising funds on campus, said there is no specific goal for the marathon. "We don't have an actual number goal, we just always try to do better than the last year."
Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline for dancer applications, which can be filled out online.
But even people who don't think they can spare 24 hours out of their schedules can contribute. An event calendar is posted on the Web site, and an e-mail newsletter is available for those who want to be informed about how they can help.
On campus, Dance Marathon workers have been passing out fliers at Lenoir, even in the rain, and doing "dorm storms" to get the word out.