Lying on the floor of the Fetzer Gym lobby, senior David Zittrouer finally had a chance to relax.
The overall coordinator for Dance Marathon, who himself had just stood for 24 hours straight, had a lot to celebrate.
“This marathon has run so smoothly,” he said. “It’s so easy to help other people — you don’t have to leave your own school to have such a profound impact on someone.”
Dancers stood from 7:30 p.m. Friday until 7:30 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital. After 24 hours of suspense, the final amount was revealed — $430,181.68 to benefit the hospital.
As red and white confetti fell from the ceiling, tears flowed as Zittrouer addressed dancers dressed in capes and masks — in keeping with the superhero theme.
“Guys, there are some bad things in this world, but tonight you helped make a huge difference,” he said.
Money raised this year did not surpass the 2012’s record-breaking total of $483,210.36. This year 1,641 dancers signed up, while about 2,000 people signed up last year.
But organizers said the number was not the most important aspect.
Brian McSorley, head of business management, said the total should not reflect negatively on the participants’ hard work.