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Friday February 3rd

Carolina for the Kids

UNC Dance Marathon is a yearly fundraising event that requires participants to remain on their feet for 24 hours in a no-sitting, no-sleeping challenge. Since it was founded in 1998, 10,000 students have volunteered to be a part of the event. 13 active committees work all year long to organize and publicize the event.

In 2014, UNC-DM raised $551,595.87 for N.C. Children’s Hospital. With that money, it is providing 13 different grants to kids.



Carolina For The Kids raised $614,717.71 in 2016 for the patients and families at UNC Children's Hospital. In 2018 the fundraiser hopes to raise $60,000 in 24 hours. 

Carolina For The Kids celebrates 20th year of Dance Marathon

The annual 24-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting Dance Marathon is the culmination of a yearlong effort by Carolina For The Kids to raise money to support families of patients at UNC Children’s Hospital. The organization’s flagship grant, the For The Kids Fund, provides financial assistance for necessities not covered by insurance, like money for travel and critical utility bills. 

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Students danced and stood for 24 hours to raise money for medical, surgical and emotional care of children and families served by North Carolina Children's Hospital. The 24-hour marathon began in Fetzer Gym on Mar. 21, 2014 and continued through Mar. 22.

UNC Dance Marathon raises $550K

A low crackling of bubble wrap under the aching feet of dancers slowly turned into a roar of balloons popping underfoot as UNC Dance Marathon celebrated the greatest amount of money it has ever raised for North Carolina Children’s Hospital — $551,595.87.

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