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Wednesday February 1st

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.

Going further for the kids: UNC Dance Marathon is impressive but could do even more

This month, both UNC’s and Penn State’s Dance Marathons boasted record-breaking participation. And though UNC Dance Marathon was inspired by Penn State’s version, their bottom lines aren’t exactly comparable: UNC Dance Marathon raised $483,210.36 for the N.C. Children’s Hospital with 2,000 dancers, while Penn State raised $10.68 million for a children’s hospital with only 700 dancers.

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CAA T-shirt sales earn money for charity

For the first time ever, the Carolina Athletic Association is donating some of its T-shirt profits to a campus organization. The recipient will come as no surprise to students. Dance Marathon will receive $2 for every Homecoming T-shirt sold. They will cost 12 dollars each, which is in line with previous years.

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Q&A: Dance Marathon setup

Tonight, 1,600 dancers will gather in Fetzer Gymnasium to kick off the 12th annual UNC Dance Marathon. Patience Obasaju, the operations chairperson for Dance Marathon, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for the marathon.

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UNC Dance Marathon committee members dance tuesday afternoon in the Pit. DTH/Will Cooper

Dance Marathon recruits

Correction (March 22, 2010 10:37 p.m.): Due to an editing error, this story misattributed a statement to Kate Gillam, media representative for Dance Marathon. Gillam did not say that organizers did not expect all 1,800 people who signed up last year to participate. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.Wearing Santa hats, leopard-print leggings and neon skirts and socks, recruiters for UNC Dance Marathon haven’t yet lost their enthusiasm for the 24-hour dance event.But with a participant limit set for the first time, organizers said they won’t be able to recruit the same number of dancers they did last year. 

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