For UNC’s Dance Marathon staff, the days preceding Friday’s 24-hour storm of dancing, cheering and standing have been anything but calm.
The event, which will see more than 2,000 fundraising participants stand for 24 hours to raise money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital, requires extensive preparation, organizers said.
“The preparation is crazy,” said Brittany Smith, a member of Dance Marathon’s publicity committee. “All the committee members will be in the gym at some point tonight setting up — it’s a huge effort.”
The day-long event will feature live music along with videos produced by the Dance Marathon staff.
More than 300 Dance Marathon committee members spent Thursday night putting up about 600 banners in Fetzer Gym.
Along with posters, the gym will be fitted with a stage and sound equipment by Carolina Union production services.
Olivia Barrow, Dance Marathon’s publicity chairwoman, said the marathon charity event — which will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday — is the culmination of months of planning and fundraising.
“As a group, we have been working out all the detailed logistics of moving thousands of people around,” she said. “It’ll be a really awesome celebration of all the work that we’ve done all year long.”
Organizers said expectations are high for the event with a record number of dancers signed up. About 270 volunteers will also help run the marathon.